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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Overview

Because the fungi that cause zygomycosis are widespread, the most appropriate preventive measures involve improved control of the underlying illnesses associated with zygomycosis.

Prevention

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.

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