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Mucormycosis (also called zygomycosis) is a rare infection caused by organisms that belong to a group of fungi called Mucoromycotina in the order Mucorales. At one time these fungi were called Zygomycota, but this scientific name has recently been changed. These fungi are typically found in the soil and in association with decaying organic matter, such as leaves, compost piles, or rotten wood.

For other Fungal topics, visit the Fungal Homepage.

Microscopy of Apophysomyces

Microscopy of Apophysomyces, one of the causative agents of mucormycosis.

Mucormycosis Topics

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What is mucormycosis?…

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Sinus & skin infections, lungs, clinical features…

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Who gets it and how, handling debris, proper wound care…

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Inhalation of spores, contact with the skin…

A green icon of a microscope.Diagnosis & Testing

See your health care provider, sample tissue, clinical diagnosis…

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Antifungal treatment, mortality rate…

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What you need to know…

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Incidence, surveillance…


Mucormycosis following the Joplin, Missouri Tornado

CDC assisted the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) with an investigation into a number of reports of fungal skin infection in people who were injured by the tornado that struck Joplin in May 2011.

Read about Tornado Survivors Battling the Deadly Fungus Outbreak on the Public Health Matters Blog


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