Sunday, 23 January, 2022

Topic: mucormycosis

Covid has surged, but there are hardly any ‘black fungus’ cases this time — doctors explain why

Experts said cases of mucormycosis peaked due to excessive misuse of steroids amid the 2nd wave. Unmonitored blood sugar levels and self-medication by many also contributed.

Steroid use, diabetes among 5 reasons why India has 71% of world’s black fungus cases: Study

Diabetes, high steroid use, unsanitary conditions, changes in iron metabolism and lack of ventilation are the most likely reasons for this medical crisis, researchers said.

Steroids or industrial oxygen? Jury is still out but black fungus no longer a problem

Modi govt believes black fungus was caused by steroid overuse but doctors say lack of sufficient oxygen hygiene may have been a factor too.

Bombay HC asks Modi govt to give info on drugs given to states for black fungus treatment

The court said it wanted to ascertain whether the Centre was ensuring an 'equitable distribution' of drugs based on the number of active cases of Mucormycosis in each state.

Doctors in Agra successfully operate on newborn infected with black fungus

When the 14-day-old girl was admitted to Agra's Sarojini Naidu Medical College for operation, she had no Covid symptoms, but was underweight and had kidney and heart illness.

Black fungus found in brains of at least 15% patients admitted in Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital

While most of these patients had a ‘small size infection’ in their brains, four had to go undergo major brain surgery to prevent the spread of infection, Dr Gupta said.

You can’t treat severe Covid, black fungus but can prevent risk factor in both — diabetes

A study found that the prevalence rate of diabetes in rural and urban India has increased about six times from 1972 to 2017. Targeting changes in lifestyle is the need of the hour.

Karnataka to probe various sources of mucormycosis, including steroid overuse

A panel will probe oxygen supply chains, role of medication, and referral cases from smaller hospitals to ascertain the source causing mucormycosis in recovering Covid patients.

West Bengal govt declares black fungus as notified disease, says doctors must report cases

The state health department has also constituted an expert committee to deal with the black fungus cases and formulated an advisory for the common people.

Mucormycosis to be treated for free under health schemes: Maharashtra govt tells Bombay HC

The govt further said that free medicines for the infection will be provided in selected hospitals and private hospitals will be restrained from raising 'astronomical bills.'

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