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A week after the tornado, patients began arriving with fungal infections.

Doctors had to reopen some wounds that had been stitched closed because the injuries had not been adequately cleaned, Schmidt said.

After the infections set in, doctors “could visibly see mold in the wounds,” Schmidt said. “It rapidly spread. The tissue dies off and becomes black. It doesn’t have any circulation. It has to be removed.”

The fungus “invades the underlying tissue and actually invades the underlying blood vessels and cuts off the circulation to the skin,” he said. “It’s very invasive.”

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Draper reported from Kansas City. Associated Press Writer Mike Stobbe in Atlanta also contributed to this report.