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What You Need To Know About ‘Black Fungus’ Or ‘Mucormycisis’

BP World Bureau | May 08 2021 05:25:08 PM
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Mucormycisis or Black Fungus infection, is a rare form of fungus infection and it was detected in COVID-19 patients recently. 

Mucormycosis has been reported as one of the causes of disease and death of patients in transplants, ICUs, and immunodeficient patients.

Dr. Manish Munjal, senior ENT surgeon at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, reported that many patients suffered from the loss of eyesight and the removal of the nose.

Doctors had flagged several cases of the COVID-19-induced infection after at least 10 people were found to be infected.

However, health experts pointed out that this infection is commonly being seen in patients who are at the recovery stage but have comorbidities such as diabetes, kidney or heart failure or cancer.

In other words, COVID-19 patients with a weak immune system are more vulnerable to this infection.

Read: COVID-19: "Black Fungus" Cases Reported In Delhi Hospital 

Black fungus infection is caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes and has a mortality rate of 50%.

Black fungus affects the sinuses or lungs after inhaling fungal spores from the air. Or it enters the human body through injuries or burns. It is not communicable between people.

To avoid this people should avoid direct contact with a lot of dust, wear shoes, long pants and gloves while handling soil or moss, and clean skin injuries.