Black Fungus: health dept directs to examine ICUs, conduct tests

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Thiruvananthapuram: The health department has issued a warning against black fungus infection among COVID patients. Special guidelines were also issued for the treatment of the fungus infection. COVID patients must be taken for tests to identify the black fungus infection, reads the guidelines.

COVID patients admitted to ICU are more exposed to the fungal infection compared to others. Hence, immediate inspections should be conducted in all ICUs to identify the presence of black fungus, directs the health department.

If any hospitals detect the presence of black fungus in ICUs, they should immediately report the matter to the health department.

Proper awareness regarding black fungus should be given to the COVID patients while discharging from the hospitals.

This fungal infection is largely found among diabetic patients who are having serious complications. Hence, such people should be asked to stay extra careful.

Mask should be used properly for preventing black fungus infection, reads the guideline issued by the health department.

Black Fungus or Mucormycosis, was detected in seven persons in Kerala. The infected are undergoing treatment at the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital. Among the seven found to have the rare fungal infection, three are from Tamil Nadu.

The Health Department experts have pointed out that people need not worry over the fungal infection at present. The fungal infection can be cured using anti-fungal drugs.

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