Black fungus has become a threat for those who are recovering for Covid-19. What exactly is the black fungus and what harm it can do? Who will get it, is it contagious and what preventive measure one must take? Black fungus is one of the common fungus that we see in the environment. They are present everywhere and commonly known as molds, like the mold fungus that you see on infected bread and rotten food. Why only certain Covid patients get infected by black fungus? What are the risks involved? Experts from Center for Disease Control (CDC) have given clear explanation for the Mucormycosis.
What is mucormycosis? Mucormycosis also known as zygomycosis is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. These fungi live throughout the environment, particularly in soil and in decaying organic matter, such as leaves, compost piles, or rotten wood.
People get mucormycosis by encountering the fungal spores in the environment. For example, the lung or sinus forms of the infection can occur after someone breathes in spores. These forms of mucormycosis usually occur in people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness. Mucormycosis can also develop on the skin after the fungus enters the skin through a cut, scrape, burn, or other type of skin trauma.
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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: May 26, 2021