Death toll in Joplin rises to 151
Friday, June 10, 2011 | 12:54 p.m. CDT
JOPLIN — The death toll from the tornado that destroyed much of Joplin has risen to 151 in part because of several deaths linked to a rare fungal infection.
Rob Chappel, a Jasper County coroner, said Friday that his office is still receiving regular reports of people who have died at hospitals after being hurt in the nation's deadliest tornado in more than six decades.
The most recent death was confirmed late Wednesday.
The updated death toll from the May 22 twister includes at least three hospital patients who became infected with zygomycosis, a severe fungal infection that can occur when soil gets under the skin.
Chappel says it is difficult to identify the infection as a cause of death since the people infected also suffered other severe injuries.
Like what you see here? Become a member.
Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.
You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.
Leave a comment
Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines
outlined below and register with our site.
You must be logged in to comment. (Our
full comment policy is here.)
- Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
- Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or
discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
- Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will
be published with every comment.
(Read why we ask for that here.)
- Don’t solicit or promote businesses.
We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see
something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.
You must be logged in to comment.