Flesh-Eating Fungus Unexpectedly Killed Five People After Missouri Tornado, Scientists Warn

How society could crumble: chaos sown by flesh-eating fungus attacks in the aftermath of global warming-induced extreme weather. Via EurekAlert!:

A fast growing, flesh-eating fungus killed 5 people following a massive tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., according to two new studies based on genomic sequencing by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Health officials should be aware of infections caused by the fungus Apophysomyces, according to the studies, which tracked 13 people infected by the pathogen during the tornado [which] plowed through Joplin on May 22, 2011, initially killing 160 and injuring more than 1,000.

The common fungus — which lives in soil, wood or water — usually has no effect on people. But once it is introduced deep into the body through a blunt trauma puncture wound, it can grow quickly if the proper medical response is not immediate, the studies said. Five of the 13 people infected through injuries suffered during the Joplin tornado died within two weeks.

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  • 1plakat

    tornadoes have been happening in the midwest for ages, and flesh eating things are all around if you let them come into your body (twss). The problem is the way the cities have been built, not taking what infrequent super destructive forces can do to a building into consideration also the low level of engineering the structures were created at their time.

  • alizardx

    “How society could crumble: chaos sown by flesh-eating fungus attacks in the aftermath of global warming-induced extreme weather”

    “Flesh-eating fungus” one of the less likely causes of death due to extreme weather caused by global warming. There are lots of ways extreme weather can kill a person, and wealth won’t necessarily buy the people currently profiting from global warming immunity from the consequences.

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