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In the midst of the COVID pandemic, India is battling a surge of mucormycosis, or ‘black fungus’ – ABC News

As India grapples to control a deadly second wave of COVID-19, a new threat is emerging: a very rare infection called mucormycosis.

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As India grapples with a deadly second wave of COVID-19, a new threat is emerging: a rare infection called mucormycosis, or the “black fungus”.
Key points:

  • Mucormycosis is an infection caused by fungi found in the soil
  • People who have had severe COVID are given drugs to dampen their immune response, which makes them more at risk 
  • Those with a compromised immune system or diabetes are also at risk

Even prior to the pandemic, the rare fungal infection disproportionately affected Indian patients, with…

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