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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…

A green icon with a magnifying glass and foot print.People at Risk & Prevention

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

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Inhalation of spores, contact with the skin…

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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 is a serious infection that typically affects people with weakened immune systems, such as people who have had an organ transplant. Small outbreaks or clusters of mucormycosis can occur, and CDC usually investigates one to three of these clusters each year.

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