The “unholy trinity” of Covid-19, diabetes and steroids seems to be fuelling the present outbreak of mucormycosis across the country, but India has for long been the world’s worst hotspot for this black fungal infection. “Mucormycosis is an uncommon fungal infection although India had the highest reported cases of mucormycosis in the world even before Covid,” said Kolkata-based endocrinologist Dr A K Singh who, along with Dr Shashank Joshi from Mumbai and Dr Anoop Misra from Delhi, published a paper on Friday on the reasons for the mucormycosis “escalation” in the country. According to Dr Joshi, while endocrinologists would see a diabetic patient with mucormycosis once in two months, the Covid-19 pandemic changed that. “Now doctors are seeing multiple cases in a day. This exponential rise is a cause for concern,” said Dr Joshi, a member of the Maharashtra government’s task force on Covid-19.
May 22, 2021, 04:33PM ISTSource: TOI.in