From Biology-Online Dictionary
noun, plural: opportunistic pathogens
Examples of opportunistic pathogens are:
- Candida albicans - a causal agent of opportunistic oral and genital infections in human.
- Staphylococcus aureus - occur as commensal on human skin but may cause staph infections.
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa - most common cause of burn and external ear infections, and is the most frequent colonizer of medical devices (e.g.catheters).
See also: pathogen.