Black Fungus Infection – UPSC Prelims

Black Fungus Infection:
  • Black Fungus infection is also known as Mucormycosis.
  • It is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. These molds are present naturally in the environment.
  • Mucormycosis mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness.
  • Symptoms of the disease are face numbness, nose obstructions on one side, swelling in the eyes, or pain.
  • The infection can occur in almost any part of the body.
  • Infection is not contagious. This means that it cannot transmit between people or between people and animals.
  • Treatment of this infection is possible with antifungal medicine.
  • If not detected early, the infection can be fatal.
  • It can also lead to loss of vision or jaw in others.
  • Use of steroids in the treatment of Covid infection plus diabetes as co-morbidity could be the reason for a rise in the number of black fungus infections again.
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