After the Coronavirus, another deadly disease hits Ahmedabad

New Delhi: After being reported in Delhi and Mumbai, the killer disease struck Ahmedabad with 44 people already hospitalized for the disease. Mucormycosis, a rare but deadly fungal disease, has affected an increasing number of people across the country and has so far killed 9 people in Ahmedabad. The new disease has come at a time when the country is still battling the Covid-19 pandemic. Read also – Hollywood veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen receives Pfizer vaccine, recommends it to everyone

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Formerly called zygomycosis, mucormycosis is a severe and rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. These molds live throughout the environment. According to updates, the infection usually starts in the nose and spreads to the eyes. While rapid diagnosis and treatment can cure the patient, if left untreated, it can prove fatal. Read also – French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive for COVID, self-isolated for 7 days

Who is at risk in general?

This deadly disease mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that reduce the body’s ability to fight germs and diseases. In addition, people recovering from Covid-19 are also at risk of getting this infection. People with diabetes and health problems are also at high risk.

How many cases have you reported so far?

The Sir Gangaram Hospital in Delhi two days ago reported 12 cases, many were also reported in Mumbai. The Ahmedabad Civil Hospital reported 44 cases of hospitalization, including nine deaths, due to this disease.

What preventive measures can be taken?

Everyone must maintain good hygiene. In addition, you must wear the mask in all public places and wash your hands regularly. Avoid touching your eyes and nose often enough. In case you notice any swelling in your nose, eyes or throat, go to your doctor for a checkup. Early diagnosis of mucormycosis is crucial for the treatment of the disease.