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Murcomycosis, known colloquially as ‘black fungus’, has been a nightmare added to the coronavirus in India for weeks. According to the latest balance made public by the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Gowda, until last May 26, 11,717 cases of this fungus had been detected in the country which mainly affects diabetics recovered from Covid and has a very high mortality rate if not treated in time.

To this problem we must add that the antifungal needed to stop infections, Amphotericin B, is in short supply and the treatments are expensive. According to Gowda, more than 350,000 vials of this drug have been distributed throughout the month of May, but some local doctors report that the supplies that arrive are not enough.

“I had to remove the eye of a patient with mucormycosis last week. Due to the low supply of Amphotericin B, the infection today has spread to his other eye, and possibly his brain as well. I fear having to talk to his family. Why do they put us in these situations, “Dr. Rahuraj Hegde denounced on Twitter.

What is black fungus?

Mucormycosis has become the umpteenth headache for doctors in India, a country that suffers a tragic second wave of coronavirus that has collapsed hospitals and it has led this country to become the main focus of the pandemic. While it is true that the Indian Government has reported this Tuesday the lowest number of infections in a month and a half 127,000 cases in one day.

This rare, but life-threatening, disease commonly affects patients with previous health problems or taking immunosuppressive drugs, explains the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in his web page. Diabetics or patients who have made prolonged use of corticosteroids are some of the groups with the highest risk of becoming infected.

When it affects the lungs, the main symptoms of this disease are fever, cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath, while if the infection is of a rhinocerebral nature, it can cause facial inflammation on only one side of the face, headache, nasal or sinus congestion and the appearance of black lesions in the nose or in the upper inner part of the mouth. that get worse quickly.

This condition produces very acute pain and even blindness and can be fatal in half of the cases. The most common and effective rapid treatment is an injection of amphotericin B, a broad-spectrum antifungal.

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