According to the sources, Multiple health care facilities across Pakistan have reported cases of mucormycosis, also known as ‘black fungus’ among COVID-19 patients.
As per to infectious diseases experts, mucormycosis is a lethal deadly fungal infection found in some serious patients of coronavirus with uncontrolled diabetes and prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) stay.
The sources further added that, Infectious diseases specialists confirmed that many centres were not reporting the cases as it is very hard to identify and diagnose this lethal fungal infection among patients.
The medical experts said that mucormycosis is also found in non-coronavirus patients with similar co-morbidities and prolonged ICU stay, saying black fungus affects the brain and lungs.
A physician dealing with COVID-19 patients at a tertiary-care hospital in Karachi disclosed to the publication that “We have seen at least 5 cases of Mucormycosis also called, black fungus, among serious coronavirus patients under treatment at the ICU,”.
He further added that at least 4 patients died due to this complication. “At least 2 more centres have also reported Mucormycosis cases among coronavirus patients,”
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