Black fungus reported in 5 districts; 13 patients infected


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Kozhikode: Black fungus or mucormycosis, a rare disease affecting COVID patients, has been confirmed in 13 patients from 5 districts in Kerala. The disease was reported in Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kottayam and Kollam on Wednesday.

In Malappuram, 8 cases were reported from Edavanna, Vandur, Vazhikkadavu, Cheruvayoor, Nilambur Karulayi, Edarikode and Tirur. Two patients from Payyanakkal and Iringallur in Kozhikode also contracted the fungal infection.



Black fungus infection was diagnosed in 3 people in Kottayam and 1 in Palakkad. In Kollam, a woman who contracted the fungal infection had undergone surgery on Wednesday. The hospital authorities informed that she is stable.

In a shocking incident, a Malappuram native patient’s eye had to be removed to stop the fungal infection spreading to his brain.

Two Kozhikode natives and 5 Malappuram natives are under treatment at Kozhikode Medical College after confirming the fungal infection. A woman from Tamil Nadu who contracted the fungus is also undergoing treatment here.

Two patients in Malappuram district are admitted to Manjery medical college. In Kottayam, black fungus infection was confirmed for 9 people including COVID and non-COVID patients in last 7 months. Among the patients, three were admitted to Kottayam medical college.

A woman from Palakkad is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Thrissur. The health officials informed that the woman, who is diabetic, is not in a critical condition due to the fungal infection.

Symptoms

Symptoms of the rare disease include severe headache in one part of the head, severe pain around the eyes, blurred vision and discharge of black liquid from the nose.

Black fungus is not contagious: CM

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that black fungus infection will not transmit between people. He urged all to provide treatment and help to black fungus infected people without any hesitation.

Those who have diabetes and contracted COVID-19 must be careful. People can contact doctors through E-Sanjeevani portal for seeking guidelines related to black fungus.

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