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A Guide to Investigating Suspected Outbreaks of Mucormycosis in Healthcare

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Prevention and Response Branch, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
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Epidemic Intelligence Service, CDC, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
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Mycotic Diseases Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, CDC, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
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Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago, IL 60604, USA
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J. Fungi 2019, 5(3), 69; https://doi.org/10.3390/jof5030069
Received: 31 May 2019 / Revised: 4 July 2019 / Accepted: 17 July 2019 / Published: 24 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fungal Epidemiology)
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Abstract

This report serves as a guide for investigating mucormycosis infections in healthcare. We describe lessons learned from previous outbreaks and offer methods and tools that can aid in these investigations. We also offer suggestions for conducting environmental assessments, implementing infection control measures, and initiating surveillance to ensure that interventions were effective. While not all investigations of mucormycosis infections will identify a single source, all can potentially lead to improvements in infection control. View Full-Text
Keywords: mucormycosis; mucormycetes; mold; cluster; outbreak; infections; hospital; healthcare mucormycosis; mucormycetes; mold; cluster; outbreak; infections; hospital; healthcare
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Hartnett, K.P.; Jackson, B.R.; Perkins, K.M.; Glowicz, J.; Kerins, J.L.; Black, S.R.; Lockhart, S.R.; Christensen, B.E.; Beer, K.D. A Guide to Investigating Suspected Outbreaks of Mucormycosis in Healthcare. J. Fungi 2019, 5, 69.

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