Hyderabad: Continental Hospital Doctors detected five Covid-19 patients suffering from Mucormycosis, a serious fungal infection, also known as ‘Black Fungus’. Continental Hospital Doctors also said that from past three to four weeks, this five patients have been reported with this infection at Continental Hospitals.
The Centre has issued an advisory for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of black fungus infections or mucormycosis in survivors of Covid-19, as reports of an increase in cases of the disease emerge. Mucormycosis is a fungus that mostly affects people who are taking medications that suppress their ability to combat pathogens in the environment. If the infection is not treated, it can be fatal.
After inhaling fungal spores from the air, it normally infects the sinuses or lungs of such citizens. Guidelines on the management of Mucormycosis fungal infection in COVID-19 patients have been established by the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
At least 40 cases of mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, have been reported from Surat in Gujarat among those who have recovered from Covid-19. Of the 40, eight have lost their eyesight. the fungal infection attacks people with weak immunity. Among the worst affected are those with uncontrolled sugar levels (diabetic people) and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness. the infection is commonly seen in patients who have recovered from Covid-19 but have comorbidities such as diabetes, kidney or heart failure or cancer.
By Journalist Hannan Fatima