What does autoinfection mean?

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  1. The infection of a primary host with a parasite, particularly a helminth, in such a way that the complete life cycle of the parasite happens in a single organism, without the involvement of another host.
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Autoinfection can occur and represents a permutation of the life cycle.
The syndrome is characterized by a high organism burden owing to autoinfection and is most common in immunocompromised hosts.
Strongyloides stercoralis is also capable of causing autoinfection in the host.
Strongyloides stercoralis can cause eosinophilia years after the initial infection because the organism is capable of autoinfection inside its host.

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