CDC lowers number of Joplin survivors with rare fungal disease

Saturday, June 25, 2011 | 4:40 p.m. CDT; updated 7:47 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 25, 2011

JOPLIN — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lowered the number of Joplin tornado survivors who contracted a rare fungal disease from 12 to 10.

Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the CDC, said two of the cases that were initially believed to be caused by mucormycosis were caused by a different fungus.

The Springfield News-Leader reported Saturday that five of the people with the fungal infections have died. But authorities have said it was unclear what role the fungus played in their deaths because they had other serious ailments.

A team of investigators from the CDC is trying to pinpoint whether those who got the infections had common risk factors.

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