• Covid Induced 'Black Fungus' Cases On The Rise In Delhi

    Mucormycosis or black fungus is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds of mucormycetes

    Gangaram Hospital, a Delhi-based hospital is witnessing a rise in Covid-19 triggered Mucormycisis in patients again.

    Mucormycisis or black fungus is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds of mucormycetes. These molds live throughout the environment. This infection mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body's ability to fight germs and viruses.

    The symptoms of the disease are face numbness, nose obstructions on one side, swelling in the eyes, or pain.

    Last year, in the month of December, doctors had flagged the increase of such cases when they saw 12 such cases in the span of 15 days.    

    Dr Manish Mungal, senior ENT surgeon at Gangaram Hospital said, "We are seeing a rise in this dangerous fungal infection triggered by Covid 19 again. In the last two days, we have admitted 6 cases of Mucormycisis. Last year this deadly infection caused high mortality with many patients suffering from loss of eyesight, removal of nose and jaw bone."

    Doctors at the hospital said that may be due to the rise in the use of steroids could be one reason for the fungal infection.

    Dr Ajay Swaroop, chairman of the ENT department of the same facility said, "The use of steroids in the treatment of Covid-19 infection, plus the fact that many Covid patients have co-morbidities like diabetes could be the reasons for the rise in the number of black fungal infections again. Covid patients with a weak immune system are more prone to this deadly infection."
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