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Deadly ‘Black Fungus’ Disease Infects Over 12,000 in India

Deadly ‘Black Fungus’ Disease Infects Over 12,000 in India

A top surgeon said, “the disease, also known as ‘black fungus’, can infect people who have been treated with oxygen for the coronavirus.”

India has been battling a surge in COVID-19 cases recently. Fortunately, the number of new cases has plummeted in recent days.

However, the nation is now dealing with an outbreak of a fungal disease with a 50% mortality rate.

The rare fungal disease mucormycosis has killed more than 300 people and infected more than 12,000 in India as the country’s health system continues to grapple with Covid-19. A surgeon at a Delhi hospital told FRANCE 24 that the disease, also known as ‘black fungus’, can infect people who have been treated with oxygen for the coronavirus.

The deadly fungus moves rapidly in the body, attacking the nose, eyes, jaw and brain. Patients need immediate surgery to survive, but they are left with disabilities.

Black fungus can be treated with anti-fungal injections like Amphotericin B, but with the rising number of cases in India, there is an acute shortage.

The fungus targets the sinuses and bones of the face and then can invade the brain or cause patients to lose an eye. When it goes untreated, it can be lethal. The number of cases is related to the treatments given to COVID-19 patients and the prevalence of diabetes in some areas of India.

These fungal infections arise after a COVID diagnosis, which seems to be a clue. A standard component of treatment for severe cases of COVID is high doses of corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory drugs that damp down the immune system’s overreaction to infection. Steroids save lives, but they simultaneously make a patient more vulnerable to attack by whatever bacteria or fungi are already in their body or hanging around their environment.

“Fungal spores are everywhere, but we are pretty efficient at clearing them from our lungs,” says Arturo Casadevall, a physician and molecular microbiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “But COVID damages the lung. So then you have a double whammy: reduced capacity to naturally clear the spores and reduced immune response as a result of steroids.”

That collision of factors is complicated by something else. Years before COVID appeared, researchers in Australia and Europe, as well as India, all reported that mucormycosis seemed particularly ferocious in patients with uncontrolled diabetes. That is setting Indian COVID patients up for disaster. “Even in rural areas, every eighth adult aged 30 and beyond is diabetic,” Kalantri says. “Most have suboptimal control of sugar. When these patients test COVID-positive, they often are prescribed high-dose steroids, often in the first week. Irrational and unscientific treatment of COVID is extremely common.”

To complicate matters, India is struggling to obtain enough doses of the antifungal drug Amphotericin-B.

Supplies of the antifungal drug amphotericin B are now arriving in Maharashtra, but there had been an initial shortage as such case numbers had not been anticipated, said Lahane, the state official.

The state ordered 100,000 vials of amphotericin B last week, according to Tope. “There are very few districts where there aren’t patients (with black fungus),” Tope said, as people across several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Maydhya Pradesh, Delhi and Telangana, appealed for supply of the drug.

In Gujarat, a western state north of Maharashtra, the High Court issued an order on Monday warning of “the rapid increase in the cases of flesh-eating black fungal infection called ‘mucormycosis.'”

“The shortage of injections being administered for the said disease and the cost of its treatment are also the issues which deserve to be seriously and immediately considered by the State,” the order said.

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JusticeDelivered | May 31, 2021 at 4:26 pm

This is another facet of CCP treachery. hope India is able to extract retribution.

Same fungus attacks diabetics. Covid compromises blood vessels, Diabetes compromises small blood vessels. Maybe a link.

The words that can’t be uttered. “Biological warfare”… China has won…. for China to lose would require making decisions that are pay grades higher than pricing TCL flat screens. The Big Guy wouldn’t get his 10% if that happened.

So a treatment results in a condition even more deadly than the disease? How long until this “mysteriously” finds its way around the world and the Dr. Fauxcis of the world decide we need more masks, lockdowns, quarantines, and vaccine passports and less liberty and freedom? All for our own good, of course.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Idonttweet. | May 31, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    What percentage of those treated end up with this? Also, can immune suppressant dosage be lowered to improve outcome?.

Albigensian | May 31, 2021 at 5:31 pm

Something like this (near-ubiquitous organisms that seldom cause disease suddenly doing so) makes one think of the rare and unusual diseases that afflicted AIDS patients before effective treatments had been developed.

“Black fungus”? Isn’t that racist??? (sarc)

What about those treated with HCQ? How did they fare?

I wonder if it has to do with mask wearing?

I recall that in the very beginning of their surge in cases, the Indians ran low on oxygen. And the CCP “came to the rescue.”

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they found that the oxygen supplied by the Commies was tainted with the fungus.

They’re treacherous bastards; I’m becoming more and more convinced this was a bio-weapon attack and our “elites” ignored it because GET TRUMP!

a fungal disease with a 50% mortality rate
killed more than 300 people and infected more than 12,000
I don’t doubt any of those numbers, but if you put them in the same post, you really need to give more information on the 5,700 people not already dead, or it looks wrong.

And yes, I wonder if inadequately cleaned oxygen machines might be at issue here (or supplied oxygen, as Paul notes).

Note the item you’ll never hear from the MSM about the Wuhan Flu problems in India, though: diabetes is rampant. When a significant chunk of your population is diabetic, Wuhan Flu actually is ‘deadly’.

India is still not a First World nation on par with Europe and America. But it’s getting closer. If it can survive this.

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