Mucormycosis has a 50% mortality rate and affects eyesight.
The fight for survival has become tougher for coronavirus patients in Ahmedabad, the Times of India reports.
Doctors are reporting an alarming incidence of mucormycosis — a rare and serious fungal infection with 50% mortality rate — preying on patients battling Covid-19 or those who have recently recovered.
Ahmedabad-based retina and ocular trauma surgeon Dr Parth Rana has reported mucormycosis in five men suffering from coronavirus, two of whom died and two of whom lost their vision. Dr. Rana said all the patients suffered from diabetes and had compromised immune systems.
“We have recorded 19 cases of mucormycosis in Covid-19 recovered patients in the past three months,” Dr. Rana said. “This is 4.5 times higher than the burden reported conventionally before the pandemic.”