Risk & Prevention
People at Risk For Mucormycosis
Who Gets Mucormycosis?
Mucormycosis is a rare infection caused by fungi typically found in the soil and in decaying organic matter, including leaves and rotten wood. The infection is more common among people with weakened immune systems, but it can occur (rarely) in people who are otherwise healthy. Risk factors for developing mucormycosis include:
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Organ transplant
- Neutropenia (low white blood cells)
- Skin trauma (cuts, scrapes, punctures, or burns)
Because these fungi are common in the environment, such as soil and decaying wood, preventing exposure is difficult. There is no vaccine available to prevent an infection with mucormycosis. To help reduce the risk for disease,
- Wear protective clothing, such as gloves, pants and long-sleeved shirts, if you are handling decaying wood.
- Disinfect cuts and scrapes after contact with soil and decaying wood and remove items that are lodged under your skin, such as dirt or splinters.
- See your health care provider if you are concerned about cuts, scrapes, or other skin injuries.