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Uncontrolled diabetes is emerging as a major factor in acquiring black fungal infection or mucormycosis, which surfaces in patients with Covid-19 after recovery and leads to other complications

An online event, hosted by the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences on Saturday with 52 experts discussed the issue, aimed at preparing staff to prevent patients from falling prey to the infection while educating them about the relevant treatment protocols.

SGPGI Director Prof. RK Dhiman said: “Mucormycosis is a rare, opportunistic invasive fungal infection that occurs in immunocompromised patients. on decomposed debris and enter the sinuses and lungs by breathing contaminated air. Patients with Covid-19 with uncontrolled diabetes, on treatment with steroids, are at increased risk of infection. “

The infection can be managed and treated successfully with a multidisciplinary approach and the role of the microbiologist, ENT specialist, ophthalmologist and diabetologist is crucial in achieving positive results, he said.

Meanwhile, nine more cases of black fungal infection were reported to King George’s Medical University (KGMU) on Saturday, bringing the toll to 17 since March.

Of the nine cases, three patients were referred from other hospitals after being diagnosed with black fungal infection, while five developed the complication at home.

One patient developed symptoms during treatment at the IDH department at KGMU. With these nine new cases, the number of patients with mucormycosis under treatment with KGMU has increased to 13.

Of these, seven also have Covid, while others have recovered from the new coronavirus infection and are admitted to the post-Covid ward, including one in the intensive care unit, for black fungus treatment.

KGMU spokesperson Dr Sudhir Singh said that except for the intensive care patient, everyone else is stable.

The intensive care patient underwent surgery in which ENT experts removed all the dead tissue.

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