After Ahmedabad, Deadly Mucormycosis Reaches Delhi
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A rapidly growing rare fatal fungal disease, triggered mostly in patients who have recovered from COVID-19 has surfaced in New Delhi. In the last 10 days, Gangaram Hospital witnessed 10 patients with Mucormycosis out of which there were fatalities of 5 patients, with loss of eyesight, removal of nose and jawbones.

Black Fungus or Mucormycosis has been a cause of disease and deaths in Transplants, ICU and Immunodeficient individuals for a long time. However, it is the rapid increase in numbers seen in recovering COVID-19 patients which is a cause of alarm.

The deadly fungal infection could be prevented if the physicians treating COVID-19 patients are mindful of how much steroids are being given as immunity suppressants to ease breathing issues.

Amongst the symptoms, the persisting nose infection, stuffy dry nose and crusting, numb cheeks, redness of eyes, loosening of teeth due to weakening of jaws are immediate causes which need medical attention.

Elderly, diabetics and those with low immunity are most prone to contract the fungal infection. It’s contagious from contact and touch of contaminated surfaces and infected mouldy objects. Following a hygienic lifestyle, washing hands and disinfecting surfaces may aide as a precaution.

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https://www.timesnownews.com/delhi/article/after-ahmedabad-deadly-mucormycosis-reaches-national-capital-delhi-in-the-midst-of-another-health-crisis/694504
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