CDC lowers number of those with rare fungus to 10

CDC lowers number of those with rare fungus to 10

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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 14, 2011, Jennifer Kirby looks at the tornado ravaged remains of the Ozark Autism Center where she is clinical director in Joplin, Mo. The school was destroyed by an EF5 tornado that wiped out much of the community last month. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Posted on June 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 25 at 12:43 PM

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- A federal agency has lowered the number of Joplin tornado survivors who contracted a rare fungal disease from 12 to 10.

Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, says 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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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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