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Home > Diseases and Conditions > Mucormycosis
Last reviewed: September 15, 2010.
Mucormycosis is a fungal infection of the sinuses, brain, or lungs that occurs mostly in people with weakened immune systems.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Mucormycosis is caused by common fungi frequently found in the soil and in decaying vegetation. Most individuals are exposed to these fungi on a daily basis, but people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to infection.
Conditions most commonly associated with mucormycosis include diabetes (usually poorly controlled diabetes), chronic steroid use, metabolic acidosis, organ transplantation, leukemia, lymphoma, treatment with deferoxamine, and AIDS.
Signs and tests
Mucormycosis should be suspected if symptoms appear in individuals with weakened immune systems, such as organ transplant recipients. Symptoms of rhinocerebral mucormycosis are most likely to occur among immunosuppressed people.
Depending on where the symptoms are, CT scans or MRIs may be done. Evaluation by an ear-nose-throat specialist is recommended if sinus involvement is suspected.
edit on 16-6-2011 by antar because: spacing of editedit on Thu Jun 16 2011 by DontTreadOnMe because: IMPORTANT: Using Content From Other Websites on ATS
The bacteria which has been confirmed in at least 22 people and growing throughout this already devestated community is called Zygomyosis.
Things are not looking very bright in Joplin.
Two teams from CDC have arrived in Joplin and Springfield due to the fungal outbreak. I personally talked to a contact I have with the CDC and 22 cases are being reported of having the zygomoycosis fungi as of Monday.
One of my employees was told by her doctor Monday that she has pulmonary zygomoycosis. The survival rate is less than 20% for those affected in the respiratory system. She is very ill and we are attempting to get her help.
It is being reported that one resident died due to flesh eating bacteria………….but this could have been the fungi zygomoycosis…..
The biggest concern is the number of volunteers who have returned to their home towns.
Those who will develop pulmonary zygomoycosis should become symptomatic 2 to 3 weeks after exposure.
Cultures do not always grow when attempting to diagnosis this particular fungus. A CT scan is a must when involving the respiratory system…..…again the fatality rate is 87% for pulmonary zygomoycosis.
Access Care Medical Clinic in Joplin is reporting a high number of respiratory and pneumonia symptomatic patients as of last week.
It looks like our nightmare is only beginning………………
June 10, 2011
SUBJECT: Deep Skin Wound Fungal Infection in People Injured By Tornado
Deep skin wound fungal infection can be caused by various fungi, including Rhizomucor spp. and other fungi. These fungi are commonly found in the environment, particularly in soil and decaying wood. The disease occurs more often in individuals with uncontrolled diabetes and immune disorders who have sustained wounds from traumatic injuries. However, these infections may also occur in healthy individuals with traumatic injuries. In patients with such injuries, the fungi may cause infection in the injured area. Infected wounds usually do not heal and are painful. Patients might experience fever. Severe illness may develop in infected patients. Cases of deep skin wound fungal infection have been previously reported after natural disasters. Deep skin wound fungal infection does not spread from human to human.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) has received reports of suspected deep skin fungal infection in individuals injured by the tornado in Joplin. The reported cases in Missouri all occurred in individuals who sustained trauma from the tornado with secondary wound infections. No cases were attributed to air, food, or water. MDHSS advises individuals who sustained trauma from the tornado and are experiencing symptoms including redness, tenderness, pain, and heat in the area of the wound, or fever should promptly visit their health care providers for evaluation and treatment as indicated.
Health care professionals should be alert to cases in which a patient who has a major clinical condition such as severe head injury, pneumothoraces, kidney injury, severe lacerations, bacterial sepsis, bacterial wound infections, and pneumonia with acute respiratory failure presents with a potential fungal infection. Patients with diabetes and patients with compromised immune system are also at increased risk of illness associated with such a fungal infection.
Assistance in diagnostic testing, such as identification of fungi from isolates or tissue specimens, is strongly encouraged by MDHSS and can be provided from CDC through the Missouri SPHL. MDHSS urges health care providers to promptly report cases of suspected deep skin wound fungal infection and other cases of unusual fungal infection among persons associated with the tornado to MDHSS or your local public health agency. MDHSS also urges health care providers to ship any suspected isolates or tissue specimens to the SPHL.
The point of contact at MDHSS is John Bos, MPH, senior epidemiologist at the MDHSS southwest district office (telephone: 417-895-6945; fax: 417-895-6959; email address: John.Bos@health.mo.gov).
Originally posted by antar
reply to post by Cloudsinthesky
Oh I am so sorry, I did not realize that Loam already had this one...
Lets move this thread over there and continue, I still stand by my thoughts on the ATS community and their ability to bring answers to some of the most difficult situations... sometimes...
For any new readers here is a link to the thread already in progress...
Mods will be closing this one.