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Delhi hospital sees rise in Covid-induced black fungus cases

May 07, 2021 07:04 IST | By Editorji News Desk

Doctors at a leading private hospital in Delhi are seeing a rise in the number of Covid-triggered black fungus infections, PTI has reported.

Black fungus or mucormycosis has been a cause of disease and death of patients in transplants, ICUs and immunodeficient patients since long.

According to Dr Manish Munjal of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, there has been a rise again in this dangerous fungal infection triggered by Covid-19. "In the last two days, we have admitted six cases of mucormycisis. Last year, this deadly infection caused a high mortality with many patients suffering from the loss of eyesight and the removal of the nose and the jaw bone," he said.

Dr Ajay Swaroop, the chairman of the ENT department at the hospital, said the use of steroids in the treatment of COVID-19 coupled with the fact that many coronavirus patients have diabetes could be one of the reasons for this rise in the number of black fungus cases again.