Black fungus is the new concern for the Covid recovered patients and led worried to people. The black fungus shows unprecedented spike during the peak of the second wave of the virus.
Black fungus infection also known as mucormycosis is caused by fungus Mucor. Its known to affect the lungs of Covid patients or recovered Covid patients. People can contract the fungus by inhaling its spores present in the environment or by touching contaminated substances.
While mucormycosis’ affect the lungs but recent cases indicate that the fungus can affect the intestines, pancreas and the brain as well. Two cases are from Madhya Pradesh happened in the last one week, of two patients, who had recovered from Covid-19 in the last month.
A 62-year-old had a complaint of intestinal problems doctor found that a three-feet-long part of the small intestine was badly affected and doctors removed it which is infected with black fungus. In the second case, a patient complained of passing blood in motions and following a surgery, it was found that black fungus had infected his pancreas.
Doctors at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), Patna, successfully removed mucormycosis or black fungus comparable to a cricket ball from the brain of a 60-year-old infected patient.