Outbreaks of mucormycosis are rare but very serious. Mucormycosis usually happens in patients who have conditions that weaken the immune system, such as blood cancer or an organ transplant. In healthcare settings, outbreaks have been linked to patient contact with contaminated objects, such as linens, tongue depressors, medications, and ostomy bags. Outbreaks have also been linked to construction and problems with air ventilation and water systems. Learn more about healthcare-associated mucormycosis and other mold infections.
Mucormycosis has been reported in patients with COVID-19 infection, but it is less common than other COVID-19–associated fungal infections. Emerging reports from India highlight that it is important for healthcare providers to consider this infection in patients with severe COVID-19, even when patients lack classic risk factors for this disease.
Learn more about recent fungal disease outbreaks and investigations.