Indian Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has reported 45,432 cases of ‘black fungus’ or mucormycosis, a rare and dangerous infection that spreads among covid-19 survivors in the South Asian country, informs Hindustan Times.
Almost half of those infected continue to receive treatment and a total of 4,252 have died from this cause, according to the minister’s data. Symptoms of the disease include fever, pain or redness around the nose or eyes, cough, headache, and altered mental status, among others.
The minister stated that 84.4% of patients infected with ‘black fungus’ had a history of coronavirus disease.
Likewise, Mandaviya pointed out that mucormycosis and other fungal affectations usually arise as an opportunistic infection, that is, they are more serious and frequent in people with weak immune system, such as patients suffering from cancer, diabetes or as a side effect of prolonged or uncontrolled use of certain medications such as steroids for the treatment of covid-19 and other disorders.