Health officials have said that a rare infection which arises from the flying debris from last tornado is responsible for the health risk that is faced by the residents of Joplin in Missouri. The infection is called fungal infection and it has already affected well over 900 people.
The officials said that those who are affected by the fungal infection are those who are injured by the tornado. The soil and plant matter from the debris permeated the skin of the injured people and it is now causing the fungal infection among them. Already the health officials have confirmed that about 151 people have died of the infection while several others are still infected. The officials also passed a warning to the hospitals in Joplin to know of the infection when treating the patients that were injured by the tornado.
The officials said that the last 8 deaths were as a result of the same injury. The figure also included the death of police officers who died after sustaining light injuries from the tornado attack. The health officials said that these police men were initially not included in the figure.
It would be recalled that on May 22 tornado ravaged the region of Joplin in Missouri State causing the death of many people.
Casualties have continued to increase as a result of the tornado that struck Joplin in southwest Missouri in the United States of America. About 11 people were confirmed dead following the storm that affected the nursing home center in Joplin. The storm struck the home and destroyed the building according to the home operator.
Since the incident occurred the death toll has continued to increase, it is estimated that about 122 people had lost their lives while over 750 others sustained different forms of injury. The storm was the highest so far experienced in the city. Even as the city residents are trying to come in terms with the disaster there is tornado warning that is issued for some parts of the state. Tornado incidents were confirmed in some parts of the country such as the Ohio which affected trees and cut off power supply.
It appears that the storm that hit Joplin early this week is the deadliest since 1950 when the National Weather Service started taking records of tornados. In the history of the United States of America it is rated as the 8th deadliest storm to hit any part of the country. The Sunday incident claimed the live of more than 100 residents and the nursing home alone had more than 10 of this figure.
The tornadoes following the Christmas blizzard in USA have completely spoiled people’s mood for festivity in the Midwest and northern belt. There were several people reported with injuries in the snowstorm and a woman died in Missouri.
The National weather Service’s warning for watch period expecting a Tornado in Mississippi and Alabama is over now, however Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois witnessed many thunderstorms throughout Friday. Two people were found dead in Missouri and three in Arkansas due to storms. So far, blizzard has taken 7 lives in different part of the United States.
Jay Nixon, governor of Missouri checked the area himself and visited victims. He expressed his gratitude to warning system for making people prepare for the storm in advance and saving lives.
Rolla town of Missouri received maximum damage due to blizzard affecting 18000 people living here. However, the residents cooperated with each other in the hours of emergency, the governor stated.
Further warning was issued expecting a snowstorm on Saturday in South Dakota.
In south Dakota, the capital city—Pierre, snowstorm brought a cover of 13 inches snow leading to a temperature around minus 5 degrees.
Midwest and Chicago had a mild temperature on Saturday in comparison to other parts of Midwest.
The experts stated that the violent storms originated from the clash between warm wind and cold air in the Midwest.