Fungal infections follow tornado as threat
Days after the EF5 tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri, people started getting sick and dying from a rare fungus.Posted — Updated
Tornadoes can be deadly and destroy lives and homes with their violent winds, but did you know that they also have the potential to kill you in a way you would least expect?
The rare fungus is called Mucormycosis. It’s aggressive and rare. It’s so uncommon that even the nation’s largest hospitals might see only one or two cases a year. According to the CDC, they have never seen a cluster as large as the group of sick people in Joplin.
The CDC will continue to investigate this fungus outbreak. Now that victims of the tornado have been made aware of the possible connection between the wounds and the mold spores, they will be quick to seek medical help.
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