AN outbreak of a deadly black fungus that rots Covid patient’s limbs and cuts virus survival rate has been discovered in a Delhi hospital.
Delhi doctors have said patients who contract the killer infection only have a 50 per cent survival rate.
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The infections known as mucormycosis has reulted in loss of eyesight and some patients have had to have their nose and jawbones removed.
The hospital in Delhi is seeing more cases of the black fungus due to the increasing number of patients with Covid-19/
Dr Manish Munjal, senior ENT surgeon at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital told The Independent: “We are seeing a rise again in this dangerous fungal infection triggered by Covid-19.
“Last year, this deadly infection caused high mortality with many patients suffering from the loss of eyesight and the removal of the nose and the jaw bone.”
Doctors in Delhi, the epicentre of the Covid spread in India, said the rise of Covid patients falling ill with black fungus was flagged last year when 12 cases were seen in just 15 days.
There have been six cases of mucormycosis in the past two days at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and cases are being reported in other hospitals.
In many it affects the brain, sinus or eyes but can be found anywhere in the body.
The fungus attacks individuals with low immune systems or decreased blood sugar levels, according to Dr Gaurav Kumar, a resident doctor at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
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