Whether working out in your garden soil, or recovering from a natural disaster, it makes good sense to clean out your nose and sinuses from debris.
Lethal fungus adds to tornado woes in Joplin, Mo.
By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
June 10, 2011, 6:14 p.m.
Some survivors of last month’s massive tornado that destroyed much of Joplin, Mo., are facing another indignity: an outbreak of a rare but frequently lethal fungal infection.
Eight people have been confirmed to have the infection, known as murcomycosis, and at least three of them have died, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Health authorities fear other tornado victims may also be infected without realizing it.
“…Murcomycosis, traditionally known as zygomycosis, is a family of rare diseases caused by several different fungi that live in soil. The most common form occurs when fungal spores are inhaled. The organisms take root in the sinuses, then spread to the lungs and throughout the body…”
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