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Zygomycosis and the Joplin Tornado


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Apophysomyces elegans

Slide 15

July 2011

Another one is Apophysomyces elegans. This is an organism that is not seen all that often but it does cause disease acquired by trauma. And it is an organism that gives rise to pear shaped sporangia just like Lichtheimia. It has an apophysis that is very prominent. It looks like a cocktail glass down below. And this happens to be the organism that has been found in the patients in Joplin, is Apophysomyces, a very unusual finding.

Apophysomyces elegans


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