We at FC&S viewed the news footage with horror after a deadly tornado swept through Joplin, Mo. on May 22. The devastation has already caused immediate deaths, injuries, and property damage. As the cleanup continues, new problems are arising.

Recently, news outlets have reported that a number of the people who were injured as a result of the tornado have been infected with a deadly fungal infection, mucormycosis, which occurs when a spore enters the body after a cut or other injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), similar infections were found in some victims of the earthquake and the resultant tsunami in Japan. Although characterized as extremely unusual, the descriptions of events in the earlier cases are very similar to those identified in Mo. Emergency centers were able to identify victims’ infections as mucormycosis after their admittance and treatment for tissue injuries.

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