COVID-19 Triggered Mucormycosia on the rise again

6th May 2021,New Delhi

COVID-19 Triggered Mucormycosia on the rise again

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is again seeing a rise in COVID-19 triggered Mucormycisis cases

According to Dr Manish Munjal , Sr ENT Surgeon at SGRH ” We are seeing a rise again in this dangerous fungal infection triggered by Covid 19 . In last 2 days we have admitted 6 cases of Mucormycisis Last year this deadly infection caused a high mortality with many patients suffering from loss of eye sight , removal of nose and jaw bone .”

According to Dr Ajay Swaroop, Chairman , Department of ENT , Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, ” Use of sterroids in treatment of Covid infection plus the fact that many Covid patients have diabetes as co- morbidity could be one of the reasons for this rise in black fungus infection again. Covid patients with weak immunity are more prone to this deadly infection. “

Dr Munjal further added , ” Early clinical suspicion on symptoms such as nose obstruction, swelling in the eyes or cheeks and black crusts in the nose should immediately prompt a biopsy and start of antifungal therapy as early as possible .”

According to Dr Ajay Swaroop, ” This infection is commonly seen in COVID-19 recovered patients with co-morbidities such as diabetes or kidney/heart failure or cancer “