In two states of India, authorities have declared an epidemic of a new disease called "black mold" or "mucormycosis". The number of cases has already exceeded several hundred.
Mucormycosis is a fungal disease that affects people with weak immune systems. Also, diabetics and people who have recently had a coronavirus infection are susceptible to mucormycosis.
Mucormycosis is expressed in inflammation of the sinuses, nasal congestion, sometimes fever and headache. The more severe form of the disease is expressed in tissue necrosis, inflammation of the oral cavities and eyes, and brain damage. Mucormycosis can be fatal.
Treatment of mucormycosis consists in the use of antifungal drugs that stop the development of a fungal infection. Indian doctors are also confident in the benefits of steroids in small doses and short-term use.
India was exposed to mucormycosis even before the pandemic. The disease is caused by certain types of mold that enter the human body in the form of spores through the respiratory tract or wounds, cuts. Now the epidemic mode is declared in the Indian states of Telangana and Rajasthan.