Jammu, May 21, KDC: A 40-year-old COVID positive man has become the first person to contract Mucormycosis (Black Fungus) in Jammu and Kashmir in the second wave of COVID-19.
The patient was admitted to Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu, after he tested positive for deadly COVID-19. Later he was found to have acquired black fungus as well.
Principal GMC, Jammu Dr. Shashi Sudan told news agency Kashmir Dot Com that a 40 year old male has tested positive for the black fungus.
Dr. Shashi said that “The reasons are attributed to uncontrolled Steroid-induced Diabetic Ketoacidosis as a Post-COVID Complication.”
“This is an avoidable complication that can be restricted by strictly monitoring the blood sugar levels of the COVID patients put on steroids, she told KDC.
Mucormycosis is a rare fungal infection caused by a group of moulds called micromycetes, with symptoms such as face numbness, nose obstruction, swelling in the eye or cheeks, and black dry crusts in the nose.
Several parts of the country have reported cases of black fungus. So far no case has been detected in Kashmir. (KDC)