Minimizing the risk

by Sara E. Pratt
Friday, August 22, 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for those working in the field or living in the endemic area, it is very difficult to avoid exposure to the Coccidioides fungus, but there are precautions that can be taken.

Wear an N95 respirator mask approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Avoid dust from yard work, gardening and digging.

Use HEPA filters indoors.

Clean skin injuries that have been exposed to soil or dust.

Take preventative anti-fungal medication if a doctor deems it necessary.

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