Karachi: Mucormycosis, also known as “black fungus”, was found in several Covid-19 patients across Pakistan.
They referred four patients, who have so far died of dangerous fungal infections.
Sources said that some medical institutions have reported cases of black fungus.
According to infectious disease experts, mucormycosis is a fungal infection caused by a group of molds called molds found in soil and decaying vegetation.
The infection affects the sinuses, brain, lungs, skin and kidneys, and symptoms depends on where in the body the fungi is growing.
Most commonly, patients present with a blocked nose and sinus pain, but they often also get a headache and fever.
People can lose their sight if the eye socket becomes infected, and the infection can spread to the brain, causing seizures, coma and comprehension difficulties.
For patients with infections on the skin, mucormycosis may look like blisters or ulcers, and the skin may turn black.