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“Black fungus” surges in India — thousands are blind, crippled and dead

Expansion / Patients with suspected mucormycosis will be tested at a hospital in Bhopal, India, on May 29, 2021. (credit: Getty | Xinhua News Agency).

So-called “black fungal” infections are skyrocketing in India triggered by the devastating wave of COVID-19. Rare but catastrophic infections can destroy the eyes and spread to the brain.

The number of cases now exceeds 31,000, increasing from an estimated tens to hundreds of cases last month.Media coverage has been aggregated More than 2,100 deadHowever, federal health officials have not announced official deaths.

According to past medical reviews, the overall case fatality rate of fungal infections (mucor disease) is about 50%. However, mortality depends on the patient’s underlying illness and which part of the body the mucous bacteria invade. Infections can settle in the gastrointestinal tract, skin damage, lungs, and blood.

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