Preventing Histoplasmosis

To reduce your risk of exposure, avoid areas that have accumulations of bird or bat droppings such as chicken coops or bat caves. Wear protective equipment such as masks if you need to work in these environments.

Before starting a job or activity that may place you at risk for exposure to the H. capsulatum fungus, check "Histoplasmosis: Protecting Workers at Risk" from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. This document contains information on work practices and personal protective equipment that will reduce the risk of infection.