Although Delhi has only a few active cases of mucormycosis, hospitals in the national capital have seen an increase in the number of patients reporting a recurrence of the fungal infection after recovering from it.
There is no specific age group in which these cases are reported, but a common feature is that the majority of those reporting recurrence are diabetic.
Hospitals such as Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, which treated most cases of mucormycosis during its peak, recently reported cases of recurrence.
“A patient who was previously treated for mucormycosis is suffering from the same fungal infection. It may have occurred because of two possibilities, either because of the relapse or because of the remaining components of the previous problem. His blood sugar is also very high and this patient stopped taking insulin in between said Dr. Suresh Kumar, LNJP’s medical director, told ANI.
dr. Explaining the reason behind this, Ajay Swaroop, Chairman, ENT, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said these patients either did not take the full course of the drug or did not come for their post-operative follow-up.
“Fortunately, we don’t get active cases of mucormycosis. However, old cases either have residual disease, meaning the disease has not been fully treated, or some patients come in with the disease in the area that was treated and now unfortunately, they have developed mucormycosis.” in another area. These are the types of cases we see now,” he said.
“The reason patients come back is that they either didn’t take the full course of the drug or didn’t come for their post-operative follow-up and so it wasn’t cleaned properly. Finally, it shifted or jumped from the nose or sinuses.” to other places like the eyes, or in the lower jaw itself,” he added.
Mucormycosis, also known as Black Fungus, is an infection from the mucormycetes group of fungi and is abundant in natural environments, especially in soil. It affects people, especially those with low immunity.
In any case, treatment for mucormycosis is standard and consists of surgical removal of the disease, amphotericin B in the correct dosage and Posaconazole.