Joplin records 159th death from May tornado

Joplin records 159th death from May tornado

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FILE - In this May 24, 2011 file photo, a destroyed neighborhood is seen in Joplin, Mo., after a large tornado moved through much of the city. In the aftermath of the tornado, some people injured in the storm have developed a rare and sometimes fatal fungal infection so aggressive that it turned their tissue black and caused mold to grow inside their wounds. Scientists say the unusually aggressive infection occurs when dirt or vegetation becomes embedded under the skin. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 9, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 9 at 5:32 PM

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- The death toll from the May 22 tornado that struck Joplin has risen to 159.

In a statement Friday night, the city's public information office said it had been informed of the death of Janice McKee from injuries she sustained in the tornado.

No other information about the victim or the date and place of her death was released.

The announcement was the first in two weeks from the city of deaths related to the tornado.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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