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In a first in J&K, man who recovered from Covid-19 ‘develops black fungus due to high dose of steroids’, dies

Jammu and Kashmir on Friday reported its first death due to black fungus after a 40-year-old Covid-19 recovered patient died of mucormycosis.

The death took place at Government Medical College hospital in Jammu, an official said.

The patient who was admitted to GMC hospital has succumbed to the infection, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, said.

Giving details, the Principal of GMC hospital Dr Shashi Sudan Sharma said the man suffered from a high degree of diabetes of 900 level and was immunocompromised. He must have taken a lot of steroids resulting in the uncontrollable diabetes level resulting in diabetic ketoacidosis syndrome, she said.

The patient had tested negative for Covid-19 before he was admitted to the hospital for the fungal infection.

She said this is an avoidable complication that can be restricted by strictly monitoring the blood sugar levels of Covid-19 patients who have been put on steroids, which was being undertaken by doctors at the hospital.

But his condition was bad when he was admitted into hospital, she pointed out.

Sharma said there is no need to panic regarding the transmission as this disease does not spread like Covid-19. “We have so far just detected this single case only. So, people are advised not to panic”, she said.

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