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opportunistic infection

A serious and progressive infection by a microorganism that does not cause any disease in healthy organisms, however, it may cause infection when the immune system of the host is compromised. This type of infection is usually seen in organisms with weaker immunity.
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  • opportunistic viral infections
  • opportunistic fungal infections
  • opportunistic bacterial infections
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