EP1204:           Zygomycosis Issue Following the Joplin Tornado


Speaker:          Kaitlin Benedict, MPH


Mucormycosis (formerly zygomycosis) is a rare infection that is caused by fungi that are typically found in the soil and in association with decaying organic matter, such as leaves, compost piles, or rotten wood. Unfortunately, the events that occurred in Joplin created the perfect environment for exposure to these pathogens, and some injured survivors began showing signs of this unusual wound infection.


The CDC Mycotic Diseases Branch sent a team to Missouri to help with the investigation into the outbreak of serious fungal skin infections that occurred among people injured in the Joplin tornado. Attend this session to learn about their experiences from Joplin including their professional challenges and personal reactions to this disaster.