An outbreak of mucormycosis in the India is leaving the world in the spotlight with the so-called “black fungus“. Now, a case of the disease has been recorded in a patient with Covid-19 in Uruguay. The 50-year-old man recovered from the virus and was soon infected by the fungus.
The fact that I had Covid-19 before is not coincidence, the disease and its treatment leave the immune system more fragile, which may allow the proliferation of mucormycosis. This fungus exists, in addition to India, also in Brazil and practically everywhere in the world and many people have already had contact. However, the body can usually deal with it without the symptoms manifesting.
Case of mucormycosis in Uruguay
But, as with diabetics, transplant recipients and people undergoing cancer treatment, patients with Covid-19 are more fragile, due to medications and the hospital environment. In the case of the Uruguayan, he was admitted to Montevideo and underwent tests that confirmed mucormycosis. The individual also has diabetes.
“This fungus exists naturally in nature. The infection is really rare, but it can cause a very serious ringworm, it can affect the nose, skin, stomach and organs ”, explained doctor Marcelo Simão, of the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases (SBI) to the Olhar Digital.
Mucormycosis is a rare infection caused by exposure to mucous mold that is commonly found in decomposing soil, plants, manure, fruits and vegetables. “It also appears a lot in those who are undergoing treatment for leukemia, diabetics, transplant recipients ... In general, in people with weaker immune systems. Drugs to fight Covid-19, hospitalization, all of this favors the appearance of the fungus ”.
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Despite this, the expert stressed that the picture in this severity, with so many contaminations, seems to be exclusive to India, who always lived with a strong presence of mucormycosis. “It was really a surprise that this fungus is spreading like that in India. But it seems to be something particularly from there, which has always had many cases of mucormycosis. I don't think that Brazil is in any kind of risk, ”said Simão.
So far, no other cases of this type have been reported in Uruguay and the patient in question appears to be an isolated case. The incidence of the disease in patients with Covid-19 has also not been studied in depth and is still unknown.
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