‘Black Fungus’ adds to Pakistan’s COVID-19 scare. Here’s what we know so far

The infection is affecting Covid-19 patients with underlying health issues such as diabetes and prolonged ICU stay.

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After coronavirus, a rare fungal infection has taken over the lives of Pakistanis. According to sources, the infection Mucormycosis is common amongst Covid-19 patients. Several cases and deaths from the fungal infection have been reported across Pakistan.

An infectious disease specialist, seeking anonymity, disclosed:

Many healthcare facilities in the country have recorded cases and deaths from Mucormycosis. Still, they have failed to report them as it is challenging to identify the infection at the initial stages.

Details about the Fungal Infection Mucormycosis

The fungal infection Mucormycosis is also known as ‘Black Fungus’. It is a rare but fatal fungal infection that is caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes.

The infection is affecting Covid-19 patients with underlying health issues such as diabetes and prolonged ICU stay.

Early symptoms of Mucormycosis include sinus pain or nasal blockage on one side of the face, one-sided headache, swelling or numbness, toothache, and loosening of teeth. Black Fungus leads to blackening or discoloration over the nose, blurred or double vision, chest pain, breathing difficulties, and coughing blood.

These symptoms of Mucormycosis are strongly linked with diabetes and can be exacerbated by the use of steroids used to treat severe Covid-19, such as dexamethasone.

Aside from Pakistan, many other countries have reported cases and deaths from Black Fungus. These include India, UK, the US, France, Austria, Brazil, and Mexico.

What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comment section below.

  • او بی بی کیرا کووِڈ کتھے دا کوِڈ او وی پاکستانیوں نوں نانا جھوٹی خبریں نا پھیلاوُ

  • Yes it’s true! One of my relatives diagnosed with the same fungus infection after covid treatment. He was given steroids during the treatment and lost his teeth and upper pallet. He is only 35 years old.


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