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MUCORMYCOSIS FOUND IN COVID -19 PATIENTS

MUCORMYCOSIS FOUND IN COVID -19 PATIENTS

Context

Many COVID-19 patients are being detected with a serious fungal infection known as Mucormycosis also called black fungus.

Details

  • It is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes.
  • It is caused by a group of moulds known as mucormycetes present naturally in the environment.
  • It mainly affects people who are on medication for health problems that reduces their ability to fight environmental pathogens.
  • Types of Mucormycosis are: Rhinocerebral (Sinus and Brain), Pulmonary (Lung), Gastrointestinal, Cutaneous (Skin), and disseminated Mucormycosis.
  • It does not spread between people or between people and animals.
  • Symptoms :
    • Sinusitis — nasal blockade or congestion, nasal discharge (blackish/bloody);
    • Local pain on the cheek bone, one-sided facial pain, numbness or swelling;
    • Blackish discoloration over bridge of nose/palate;
    • Loosening of teeth, jaw involvement;
    • Blurred or double vision with pain;
    • Thrombosis, necrosis, skin lesion;
    • Chest pain, pleural effusion, worsening of respiratory symptoms.

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