Deadly Fungal Infection hits India Hard
After a dreadful second wave of the Coronavirus last month that nearly disintegrated India's health infrastructure, they are now facing a deadly fungal infection called Mucormycosis, commonly known as "black fungus."
According to CBS News, India has reported over 28,000 cases of infrequent fungal infection, now progressively identified in COVID-19 patients and survivors.
Last week, India's Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that over 85% of mucormycosis reported cases, which has a high mortality rate, have a history of COVID-19.
The fungus attacks the nose, eyes, and brain causing blackening over the areas. In severe cases, doctors may have to remove the sinus tissue, and sometimes even the eyes. When it attacks the brain, the chances of the patient's survival diminish.
"It causes a lot of infection, a lot of mortality if left undiagnosed and untreated," Dr. Chand Wattal, head of the Clinical Microbiology at New Delhi's Ganga Ram Hospital, told our source.
Coronavirus patients, especially those with diabetes, are vulnerable to the mucor mold fungus that's substantially found in soil, manure, and decaying fruits and vegetables. It's dangerously common where hygiene is lacking, like in some of the rural areas.
"The fungus eats whatever comes its way and causes necrosis because it attacks the blood supply to that area… turning them black," Wattal said. "Mucormycosis was always a serious infection, even in non-COVID times… it has cropped up more in COVID times