Friday, June 10, 2011

Rare Fungal Infection found in Joplin, MO

A rare fungal infection by the name of mucormycosis has been discovered in some victims of the deadly Joplin, MO tornado.
So far, three people have died from this infection. All three victims had:

-Serious Injuries
-Some form of fungus.

One person who died was confirmed to have mucormycosis, but the other two have yet to be determined.
Eight people have contracted the fungus. All of the eight people had:

-Multiple Injuries
-Secondary Wound Infections

This form of the infection is a case which occurs with the piercing or damage of soft tissue. For example, any object with a spore on it can pierce the skin. The spore becomes lodged inside.
Over the course of a few weeks, the infection sustains itself and progresses, to the point where immediate medical attention is required.
If you have any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.

-Wounds that are not healing
-A discoloration (which could be something other than this fungus)

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