Several states across India have officially declared the rare black fungus outbreak as the total number of cases exceeds 12,000.
Yesterday, the Delhi government reported 153 new cases of mysterious fungal infections. Mucormycosis is not contagious. But the sharp increase in recent weeks has shocked doctors. There were also reports of cases in neighboring Pakistan.
Dozens of hospitals across India have found patients affected by the rare condition with a mortality rate of around 50 percent.So far, 300 people have died due to the extremely rare condition, according to Channel 24. Of France today
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Mucormycosis causes major organ rot, including the brain, lungs, and sinuses. Some doctors surgically remove the infected jawbone, nose, and eyes to save lives – to prevent the mucous membranes from spreading to the brain.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday called the outbreak a “New challenges” for a country now battling the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreak
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, Mucormycosis was close to nonexistent, with only a few known cases of the disease every year.
However, as the Covid-19 epidemic in India in March, hospitals and clinics began reporting multiple cases per day and the number is rising rapidly. There were also reports of cases in neighboring Pakistan.
Mucormycosis is caused by contact with fungi, mucous membranes, often found in soil, air, and even in human nose and mucus. It spreads through the airways and corrodes facial structures.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black fungus has an estimated 50 percent mortality rate.Early diagnosis and treatment significantly increase the chances of survival.
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“It’s a new challenge and things are looking bleak,” Ambrish Mithal, president and head of Max Healthcare’s Endocrinology and Diabetes Division, a private hospital chain across India, told PA.
He explains that fungal infections are “the victims of patients with weakened immune systems” and underlying diseases, especially diabetes and unreasonable use of steroids.
Uncontrolled blood sugar can make people with immunocompromised a higher risk of contracting the disease.
“Before, I had only seen a few patients every year. But the current infection rates are frightening, ”Mithal said.
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SK Pandey, a medical officer at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, warned that unqualified doctors were giving steroids to patients in many rural areas, not thinking they were. Does he want it or not
“This has led to an increase in black fungus cases in small towns where patients have not been hospitalized,” he added.
On Thursday, India’s health ministry asked the state to monitor the spread of symptoms and declare it as an epidemic, forcing all healthcare facilities to report patients to the federal surveillance network.
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