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On top of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, there is now another infection that must be monitored in India. Black fungus infection or mycosis, which was previously rare, is now a widespread phenomenon across the country. India is already going through an intense second wave of the Covid pandemic.
The Abu Dhabi Public Health Center (ADPHC) regularly provides updates on public health to keep everyone alert and aware. More recently, ADPHC used social media platforms to help dissect black fungus infections by exploring their causes and characteristics. This ensures that the public has a clearer idea of this deadly disease that has claimed hundreds of lives across India. So far, more than 9,000 cases of mucous fungus have been reported in India.
Black fungus according to ADPHC
Black fungus is a non-contagious fungal infection that targets the respiratory system, especially the sinuses and lungs. However, a mild injury to the skin such as a small burn or a superficial wound can infect the skin with black fungus as well. Those with weakened immune systems are affected more easily. It can cause many difficulties and can be fatal.
ADPHC emphasized the fact that mucosa fungi do not spread from person to person. Instead, it spreads through spores in the mildew, which may be present in damp or damp areas. This includes moist soil or compost, which can lead to spores in the surrounding environment. Inhaling spores from the air is what causes a black fungus infection. This mold is called a myx fungus.
Since it mainly attacks the respiratory system, complications in breathing and chest pain are the main symptoms of the disease. It can also darken or discolor the area above the nose and can cause blurred or double vision. Patients may even end up coughing up blood.
Some other information
Back fungicide appears to have a mortality rate of 54 percent, which is of concern, especially as India is trying to fight the deadly second wave of the Coronavirus. However, this depends on the health condition of the affected individual and the affected part of the body, as those with lungs and brains may be worse.
According to a Reuters report, the disease has links to diabetes and other diseases that weaken immunity. Some medications may also harm the immune system, which could explain the sudden onset of this disease during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Being surrounded by unsanitary conditions can lead to infections, especially while there is a suppressed immune system. Besides, low oxygen levels, elevated iron, and prolonged stays in unsanitary hospitals, especially if ventilators are used, are thought to increase the risk of fungal infection. All of these conditions combined create an ideal environment for black fungus to thrive.
In addition to taking precautions against Covid, it is now necessary to be careful and reduce the chance of developing a secondary infection as well. Black fungus can be deadly and it is important to exercise caution and make sure the environment is clean and safe at all times.
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