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Sporotrichosis

Sporotrichosis is an infection caused by a fungus called Sporothrix schenckii. The fungus lives throughout the world in soil, plants, and decaying vegetation. Cutaneous (skin) infection is the most common form of infection and usually occurs after handling contaminated plant material, when the fungus enters the skin through a small cut or scrape.

Fungal infections pose an increasing threat to public health for several reasons. For other Fungal topics, visit the Fungal Homepage.

A photomicrograph showing the conidiophores and conidia of the fungus Sporothrix schenckii

A photomicrograph showing the conidiophores and conidia of the fungus Sporothrix schenckii.

Sporotrichosis Topics

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What is Sporotrichosis?

A green icon of a stethoscope.Symptoms

Skin nodule or pulmonary symptoms…

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

Who gets it and how it can be prevented…

A green icon of a petri dish.Sources of Infection

Cuts & scrapes or inhalation…

A green icon of a microscope.Diagnosis & Testing

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

A green icon representing prescription drugs.Treatment & Outcomes

Antifungal treatment, resolution of symptoms…

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Resources and publications…

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Incidence, surveillance…

 
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