The “black fungus”, a rare but dreadful consequence of Covid-19


DECRYPTION – Indian doctors have warned of the sharp rise in cases of mucormycosis, an often fatal fungal infection.

It’s a warning recently issued by Indian doctors that some patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 are at higher risk of contracting an often fatal fungal disease called mucormycosis. This infection, which requires routine excision of the affected tissue, is usually very rare. But in recent weeks, Indian hospitals have seen the number of cases increase dramatically. A new consequence of Covid-19 that had not been described in the early days of the epidemic. This phenomenon seems to affect mainly India: three-quarters of the cases described in the scientific literature come from this country.

Asked by the BBC’s India correspondent, Dr Akshay Nair, an eye surgeon working at three Bombay hospitals, said he saw 40 patients with mucormycosis in April alone. Among them, 11 had to have an eye attacked by the fungus removed. Another Bombay hospital has

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