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Zygomycosis and the Joplin Tornado


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July 2011

Following in the wake of the EF5 tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in May of 2011, there has been an outbreak of life-threatening fungal infections among people in the area. Identifying the source of the infections and how the people were exposed yields some surprising answers.


  • Glenn D. Roberts, PhD, a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and Microbiology, as well as a consultant in the Division of Clinical Microbiology at Mayo Clinic

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  • Culture Referred for Identification, Fungus
  • Fungal Culture, Blood
  • Fungal Culture, Dermal
  • Fungal Culture, Routine

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