Black fungus: 10 infected in Kozhikode; medicine to be delivered on Friday

Kozhikode: As 10 people have been infected with black fungus in Kozhikode, medicine will be urgently brought to the district on Friday. Among the patients who are undergoing treatment at Kozhikode Medical College, 2 are from Kozhikode, 5 from Malappuram and 3 from other districts.

A meeting held by the district collector decided to bring the medicine immediately as more patients are coming to the district for treatment. To avoid sale of the medicine in black market, medicine is being taken to the district as per the number of patients.

One patient infected with black fungus is in critical condition. Among the patients, one tested COVID positive twice and tested negative recently. Another patient’s family members also tested positive and recovered later.

Four patients have lost their vision due to the fungal infection. Six patients including the newly admitted ones will undergo surgery in the next few days. Most of them are COVID positive patients. The surgery will be carried out only after they test negative.

One among the patients has tested negative. So his surgery will be held on Saturday. The intensity of the infection in nerves of eyes can be identified only after surgery. After this, it will be decided whether the eye should be removed or not, informed ENT specialists.

Patients contract black fungus due to uncontrolled diabetes as a result of using steroids for COVID treatment. If steroid medicines are not used for COVID patients, the virus will affect the lungs. Hence, doctors opined that diabetes should be controlled while using steroid medicines.

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