Covid-triggered black fungus infection is back

Doctors in Delhi are now witnessing a rise in cases of COVID-19 triggered Mucormycisis in patients again.

Black Fungus, or Mucormycosis (previously called zygomycosis) is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. These molds live throughout the environment. Mucormycosis mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness. The disease can be fatal.

Symptoms of the disease are face numbness, nose obstructions on one side, swelling in eyes, or pain. Doctors had flagged an increase in such cases in December last year as well, when they saw 12 such cases within 15 days.

According to senior ENT Surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Dr Manish Munjal, these cases are being seen again in COVID-19 patients.

“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 a high mortality with many patients suffering from loss of eyesight, removal of nose and jaw bone,” he added.

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