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"Unfortunately, we don't keep track of this infection," he told the Beacon. "There aren't really good estimates of how prevalent it is, but what we can say is that we do know that this infection is quite rare. A large hospital might only see a handful of these infections in an entire year."
Having a "cluster of suspected zygomycosis infections after a natural disaster is quite unusual. It's not something that we usually see."
He stressed that all the samples from Joplin remain "suspected cases at this point, but if they are confirmed, it is a high number."
My personal note to all of our friends and neighbors in Joplin and surrounding areas including the path of the storms and gusts which were reported at the time of tornadoes to be in excess of 200mph, is to pump your immune systems now! To begin taking extra precaution to avoid anything which is known to compromise the immune system. To get yourself and your loved ones on an Alkaline diet is one of the most important first steps towards protecting yourselves.
Here is one quick google search but there are many even a few threads here devoted to the subject.
My personal suggestions would also include staying on top of any health related issues you may just pass off at this time of as a "summer cold" or other "allergy" related seasonal symptoms.
I also know of one very intense anti fungal which is very expensive but could possibly be used prolifically to combat any possible growth of fungus in your system it is called Diflucan.
Also, as soon as you finish reading 'this' last suggestion I urge you to go do it immediately!
Begin snorting organic sea salt several times a day. Keep your nasal passages clean and clear!!!
Now, I have received information from one of our members who has been on the scene since day one and without giving away private correspondence he will hopefully come on board and keep us abreast of the latest news and his personal views and experiences.
In the meantime, if we put our collective best foot forward we just may be able to help the people of Joplin before its too late.
Thank you in advance.
June 16, 2011
CDC to study fungal cases in wake of Joplin tornado
By Wally Kennedy email@example.com
JOPLIN, Mo. — Investigators with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will take a further look at the cluster of fungal infections that developed among nine severely injured victims of the May 22 tornado.
Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the federal agency, said investigators arrived in Missouri on Tuesday in response to a request for help in the investigation by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
In an email late Thursday, she said: “The CDC has deployed four employees, including two epidemiologists, to Joplin, to assist with an investigation on fungal disease. The team will be in Joplin for two weeks.
“The team will be gathering more information on suspected cases, as well as conducting a case-control study. In this instance, people who have contracted the fungus will be compared to those who have not contracted the fungus to determine if there are any risk factors associated with contracting the fungus.”
Jacqueline Lapine, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, on Thursday said, “As part of that coordinated effort going forward, the CDC will be the primary point of contact on questions regarding further testing and confirmation.”
The investigators had not spoken, as of Thursday afternoon, to either Dr. Uwe Schmidt, an infectious disease specialist with Freeman Health System, or Dan Pekarek, director of the Joplin Health Department.
Freeman has seen at least five cases of the fast-growing fungal infection. It is believed to have contributed to the deaths of three people there and one at St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield.
The rare infection, zygomycosis, can have a fatality rate of 50 percent.
The spores can infect people with traumatic injuries, but the fungal infections are rare in healthy people, and clusters of them are even more uncommon.
Deep skin fungal infection does not spread from human to human. No cases have been attributed to air, food or water.
To date, no cases of the fungus have been reported among workers in the damage zone.
He learned six days after the May 22 tornado that his mother had a fungal infection in a wound on her head."They said there was mold or something growing on the wound and they had to clean it up," Thomas Hardin said.
Doctors tried to control the fungus with intravenous medicine and by removing tissue that had been killed by the rapidly spreading infection.
Thomas Hardin said his mother underwent surgery two or three more times to try to control the infection, but it didn't work. On June 7, she went into cardiac arrest. She was resuscitated but was being kept alive by life support. She died about 3:30 p.m. on June 8.
Originally posted by moonleaf
We live about 100 miles from Joplin, and I can say that there is something different in the air around here. We have had so may people in our area with respiratory infections that the clinics are always full. I have never had problems with allergies, but I have been sick with so-called allergies for about a month now, along with everyone else that I know. And allergy meds are not helping. We have had lots of chest colds, much more than normal for our kids.
Lots of unexplained rashes around as well, that just do not respond to any meds.
Almost makes me start to believe in plagues...