COVID hospitals are reporting a deadly fungal infection particularly among patients who are diabetic and have recovered from COVID infection. The Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad alone has reported 44 cases of mucormycosis and nine of them have lost their lives so far due to the same.
The Centre had issued an alert about the disease earlier. The fungal infection can lead to loss of eyesight, affects the nose and jaw bone, and can lead to mortality if it affects the brain.
Doctors have warned that those who have recovered from the disease and have compromised immunity are at risk.
The fungal infection, though rare, isn’t new and is often seen in transplant patients and those who suffer from immunodeficiency.
As per reports, the fungus affects the lungs and the sinuses after one inhales them through the air and can also enter the body through open wounds or cuts.
Earlier Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had in a tweet warned about the disease and said that an alert had been issued in Mumbai and Ahmedabad about the same.
Apart from Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Delhi have also reported similar cases.
Gujarat COVID figures
Gujarat COVID-19 figures on Wednesday touched 2,31,073 as the state recorded 1,160 new cases.
The state has in all recorded 12,647 active cases of which 67 are on ventilator support. So far 2,14,223 patients have recovered from the disease in the state.
The state also saw 10 fatalities due to the disease. Of these, five are in Ahmedabad and two in Surat, and one each in Amreli, Rajkot, and Vadodara.
The addition of five cases reported in the past 24 hours has taken the death toll due to COVID-19 in Ahmedabad to 2,193. The death toll has increased to 943 in Surat, whereas it remains 226 for Vadodara and 103 for Gandhinagar.
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