WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday that it had confirmed the deaths of 11 infants and seven children who died after a heart pump was left in their mouths during a tornado outbreak.
It said that one of the fatalities was a 5-month-old baby.
The CDC said it would not be releasing any further details about the death of the child until it was formally identified.
On Monday, a baby died after being left in a tornado in Louisiana, the state’s health department said.
A man who lived in the tornado’s path was also found dead, the agency said.
The storm was moving toward the New Orleans area on Tuesday morning.
On Thursday, a child was found dead in Alabama after being put in a car seat while being held in a house in an Alabama tornado area.
The child was also put in an air bag, but was not injured, the Alabama fire department said in a statement.
On Saturday, a 5 year old boy was found alive and breathing after being in an abandoned home in New York.
On Monday, another child was discovered alive after being inside a home in an area of the state that was experiencing severe flooding.
A 5 year-old girl and her 7 year-olds were found alive in a trailer park in Oklahoma after they were in a vehicle stuck on the side of the road in a storm that moved toward their homes.
The trailer park owner said the girl was not breathing and had been in the vehicle for about a week.
On Sunday, a man was found unconscious and unresponsive in a motel room in Florida after being trapped in a hotel room during a storm.
A hotel worker found him unresponsive about an hour after the storm began, according to Florida Emergency Management Agency officials.
The agency said he had been drinking alcohol.