The second wave of COVID-19 has proven to be more testing than the previous one. Alongside COVID, now India is witnessing another emerging health challenge in terms of fungal infection. More than 9000 cases of fungal infection have been reported till now, owing to which it has been declared as an epidemic in several states. The rising health threat is worrisome and has caused havoc among people.
Black fungal infection or Mucormycosis is a rare fungal infection caused by a group of moulds known as mucormycetes. They often prey on people with weakened immune systems and underlying conditions, particularly diabetes, and excessive usage of steroids to treat severe COVID-19 infection. But some experts suggest that the infection can even be detected in people without COVID-19 disease.