Sir Ganga Ram hospital in Delhi has reported a surge in cases of coronavirus with a rare fungal infection called mucormycosis or black fungus. The rare infection is deadly and can cause loss of eye-sight if not detected early. In case the infection spreads in the body, the patient might have to get jaw bones removed.

In the last two days, six patients of mucormycosis were admitted to Sir Ganga Ram hospital. Last year in December, the hospital had recorded 10 similar cases, in which the patients caught the fungal infection either with COVID-19 or after recovering from the virus. COVID-19 patients with diseases like diabetes or kidney infections are at high risk of getting infected with black fungus.

“We are again seeing an increase in the number of the dangerous fungal infection triggered by Covid-19. Last year, this deadly infection had caused high mortality with other suffering from loss of eye sight, removal of nose, and jaw bone,” Dr Manish Munjal, the hospital’s senior ENT surgeon, said as quoted by Hindustan Times.

“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,” Dr Munjal added.

According to the hospital’s Department of ENT Chairman Dr Ajay Swaroop, using steroids for treatment of patients with a weak immune system may result in the rare fungal infection.

“Use of steroids in treatment of Covid-19 infection in addition to the fact that many Covid-19 patients have diabetes as co- morbidity could be one of the reasons for this rise in black fungus infection again,” Dr Swaroop said.