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The bacteria that cause nocardiosis are commonly found in soil and water.

You could become sick with nocardiosis if:

  • You inhale (breathe in) the bacteria
  • Bacteria gets into an open wound or cut

In rare cases, infection can occur during surgical procedures.

Fortunately, nocardiosis is not spread person to person, so being around someone who has the disease will not make you sick.

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