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What is a Nocardia infection?

Author: Admin Views: () Posted at 15/12/09

  Nocardia infection, also known as nocardiosis, is a rare condition caused by the bacterium Nocardia asteroides. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, several different types of this condition can occur. In 80 percent of cases, this condition affects the lungs. In 20 percent of cases, it will cause cellulitis—a bacterial infection of the skin.

  The disease is contracted through the inhalation of contaminated dust or when Nocardia bacteria enter an open wound. Though healthy people may become infected, you are most at risk if you suffer from a chronic lung disease or if your immune system is compromised. You are also at greater risk of infection if:

  •   you are using long-term steroid medication
  •   you have bone marrow or organ transplants
  •   you suffer from cancer
  •   you have HIV or AIDS
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