Mucormycosis can affect brain, lung: Dr Randeep Guleria

New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): Delhi AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria on May 15 said the Mucormycosis spores can affect the face, infecting nose, orbit of eye, or brain, which can cause even vision loss and it can also spread to the lung. “As COVID-19 cases are increasing, it's of paramount importance that we follow protocols of infection control practices at hospitals. It is been seen that secondary infections -- fungal and bacterial -- are causing more mortality,” Guleria told mediapersons. “Mucormycosis spores are found in soil, air and even in food. But they're of low virulence and usually don't causes infection. There were very few cases of this infection before COVID. Now a large number of cases are being reported due to COVID. At AIIMS, 23 patients are being treated for this fungal infection. Out of them, 20 are still COVID-19 positive and the rest are negative for COVID. Many states have reported more than 500 cases of Mucormycosis,” he added.

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