Jaipur: Rajasthan sees massive surge in Mucormycosis aka Black Fungus cases

  • | Wednesday | 12th May, 2021

Rajasthan sees a spike in the cases of Black/Mucormycosis amid the already prevailing second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

Cases of Mucormycosis/Black Fungus are on a rise in Rajasthan; 14 patients of black fungus have arrived in Jaipur within the last 12 hours, out of these, two are from Ranchi, four are from Rajasthan, while five are from UP and others from Delhi-NCR region.

According to experts, the black fungal infection is caused by a group of moulds called `mucormycetes`, which is present in the air and causes complications when an ill patient inhales these, which then spreads into the sinus cavities, lungs and chest cavities.
Again, how exactly is the black fungus infection linked to COVID is yet undisclosed. However, some experts believe that a high dependency on steroids (used to treat inflammation in COVID cases), pre-existing comorbidities, such as diabetes may make a person suffering from COVID at a higher risk for catching mucormycosis as well.

In the last four days, 40 patients suffering from black fungus have arrived in a Jaipur hospital.

Nearly 90 % of these patients were saved by doctors, but nearly 60 % of patients ended up losing their eyesight. The doctor says that if the patient comes to the hospital on time, then his life can be saved. The increasing cases of black fungus have become a cause for concern among the citizens of the country.

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