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MICROBIOLOGY

  • Wide (6-16µm), aseptate, ribbon-like, non-pigmented fungi with wide angle branching.
  • Classically called "mucormycosis."
  • Mucor, Rhizopus, Rhizomucor, Absidia, Cunninghamella, Saksanea species all belong to the class "Zygomycetes."
  • Actual species Mucor causes < 10% of all infections (Rhizopus causes 90%).
  • Invasive disease now called mucormycosis

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Last updated: April 3, 2013