India has been more severely affected by the pandemic than almost any other country in the world. Now, more and more Covid 19 patients are also suffering from a dangerous fungal infection.
Because of the “black fungus” that has appeared among Corona patients, the Indian capital New Delhi is setting up special hospital wards. In three hospitals there should be separate departments for the growing number of mucormycosis patients. This was announced by New Delhi’s head of government Arvind Kejriwal on May 20.
India’s prime minister warns of rapid spread
Meanwhile, several Indian states have reported a total of more than 5,000 cases of the life-threatening fungal infection, with no data available from quite a few states. More than 2,000 cases have been reported in the state of Maharashtra alone. The states of Rajasthan and Telangana have declared the “black fungus” epidemic due to the increasing number of cases.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned of the spread of the deadly fungal disease among Corona patients. This is another challenge during the fierce second Corona wave his country is experiencing, the politician said.
More than 50 percent die after a few days
Some doctors blame the widespread use of steroids against the corona virus for the spread of the fungal disease. More than 50 percent of patients affected by the “black fungus” die within a few days.
In some cases, the eyes and upper jaw must be surgically removed to stop the spread of infection. There is also a shortage of anti-fungal drugs in the already overburdened Indian healthcare system.
The disease is caused by the Mucor mold. It enters the body through breathing or skin lesions, where it usually infects the sinuses. Diabetics, whose numbers are very high in India, and people with a weakened immune system are particularly susceptible to the dangerous fungal infection.