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Black fungus: case of mucormycosis is identified in a patient with Covid-19 in São Paulo

The Hospital das Clínicas of São Paulo issued an alert to the Ministry of Health stating that it has identified a suspected case of black fungus, or mucormycosis, in a patient with Covid-19. The information is from the column by Mônica Bergamo, from Folha de S. Paul.

The disease comes in a growing exponential in india, where it reached almost 9 patients with Covid-19 in the country. A healthy immune system can usually deal with the fungus without symptoms appearing. However, patients who are vulnerable due to treatment against the coronavirus are more likely to be infected by the pathogen, which kills more than 50% of those affected.

In addition to São Paulo, Santa Catarina and Manaus (AM) also have suspected cases of the disease. In Campo Grande, in Mato Grosso, a patient with suspected black fungus infection died in early June – when we added 29 confirmed cases; in the entire year of 2020, there were 36 cases.

A mucormycosis It is a rare disease caused by exposure to mucus mold that is commonly found in decaying soil, plants, manure, fruits and vegetables. The fungus is present almost everywhere in the world, but it rarely causes complications.

Case of black fungus in São Paulo

In São Paulo, the patient is 40 years old and presented a moderate picture of Covid-19 before having the “black fungus”.

In addition to Covid-19, other factors can influence the pathogen infection, such as diabetes, being a carrier of onco-hematologic diseases (such as leukemia) and even using steroids in high doses. However, the hospital reported that the man diagnosed in São Paulo does not have any of these comorbidities associated with mucormycosis.

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In a recent interview with Olhar Digital, Marcelo Simão, from the Brazilian Society of Infectology (SBI), explained that Brazil's chances of suffering from the fungus are low in the same way as India. “It also appears a lot in those undergoing treatment for leukemia, diabetics, transplants. In general, in people with a weaker immune system. Drugs to fight Covid-19, hospitalization, all of this favors the emergence of the fungus,” he said.

“It was really a surprise that this fungus is spreading this way in India. But it seems to be something particularly from there, which has always had many cases of mucormycosis. I don't think Brazil runs any risk of that kind," added the expert.

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This post was last modified on 7 June 2021 15:23

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