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Covid-19: suspected Black Fungus case reported in Jammu hospital

A 56-year-old man admitted to the Government Medical College Jammu is suspected to be suffering from black fungus or mucormycosis, officials said on Tuesday.

He was admitted to the hospital last week and has undergone all necessary tests, the officials said.

“The patient is under clinical suspicion and his test report is expected tomorrow (Wednesday),” said Shahi Sudan Sharma, principal, GMC.

She, however, said there is no need to panic as the black fungus is not contagious like COVID-19.

“Black fungus has always been there. Black fungus usually targets Covid-recovered persons with uncontrolled diabetes or those who have been administered prolonged or unsupervised dosage of steroids besides patients with weak immunity,” she said.

Sharma appealed to the public to keep following Covid appropriate behaviour in order to avoid Covid-related and post-Covid issues.

On Friday, a 40-year-old man succumbed to mucormycosis at the GMC here, marking the union territory’s first death due to the fungal infection.

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