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Misuse of steroids is cause of mucormycosis, says Randeep Guleria


New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Randeep Guleria on Saturday (May 15) mentioned misuse of steroids is a significant cause behind mucormycosis.

Guleria additionally urged the hospitals to comply with protocols of an infection management practices as secondary infections — fungal and bacterial — will be seen because the COVID-19 instances are rising and are inflicting extra mortality.

The AIIMS director whereas addressing the well being briefing, mentioned, “As COVID-19 cases are increasing, it’s of paramount importance that we follow protocols of infection control practices at hospitals. It has been seen that secondary infections — fungal and bacterial — are causing more mortality.”

He mentioned, “Mucormycosis spores are found in soil, air and even in food. But they are of low virulence and usually do not cause infection. There were very few cases of this infection before COVID. Now a large number of cases are being reported due to COVID.”

At AIIMS, 23 sufferers are being handled for this fungal an infection. Out of them, 20 are nonetheless COVID-19 constructive and the remainder are destructive for COVID. Many states have reported greater than 500 instances of mucormycosis, mentioned Guleria.

He additional mentioned, “Mucormycosis can affect the face, infecting nose, the orbit of the eye, or brain, which can even cause vision loss. It can also spread to the lung.”

“Misuse of steroids is a major cause behind this infection. Chances of fungal infection increase in the patients who are diabetic, COVID positive and those who are taking steroids. To prevent it, we should stop the misuse of steroids,” AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria added.

Earlier within the day, the Haryana authorities declared Mucormycosis a notified illness and the Odisha authorities has constituted a seven-member state-level committee to observe such instances within the state.

On May 12, two individuals misplaced their lives Black Fungus an infection in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore.



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