A 32-year-old woman died of mucormycosis or Black Fungus infection, becoming the first death due to the disease in West Bengal, as reported by state health department official on Saturday.
Shampa Chakraborty, a resident of the southern part of Kolkata’s Haridevpur area, was admitted to the Sambhunath Pandit Hospital with COVID-19. She was later diagnosed with mucormycosis. She was highly diabetic and was on insulin, died on Friday.
At present, five patients are undergoing treatment for the disease in the state and all of them are from neighbouring Bihar and Jharkhand.
Besides constituting an expert committee to deal with Black Fungus cases, the state health department has formulated an advisory, titled ''Mucormycosis - if uncared for - may turn fatal'', for the common people which stated warning signs of the disease such as pain and redness around eyes or nose, fever, headache, coughing and shortness of breath along with vomiting blood and ''altered mental status'' - general changes in brain function like confusion, amnesia, loss of alertness and disorientation.
Those having health conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, suppression of immune system by steroids, prolonged stay in ICU, comorbidities post-transplant and malignancy are prone to be attacked by it.
The advisory pointed out that nasal blockade or congestion, one-sided facial pain, numbness, blackish discolouration over bridge of nose or palate, toothache, loosening of teeth, blurred vision along with chest pain and worsening of respiratory symptoms are suspected signs of being infected by mucormycosis.
People have been cautioned against having exposure to decaying bread, fruits and vegetables, besides soil, compost and excreta.
People were advised to wear shoes, long trousers, long sleeve shirts and gloves while handling soil gardening. People must maintain personal hygiene, scrubbing is recommended while bathing.