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Health official says Black Fungus is non-communicable disease

  2021-06-02  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Mucor mould is found in soil, plants, manure and decaying fruits
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Deputy Head of Sulaimani General Health Directorate Hersish Salim said on Wednesday (June 2) that Black Fungus is a non-transmissible disease (NCD), saying it is unrelated to the contagious coronavirus.

Mucormycosis (Black Fungus), previously called zygomycosis, is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. These molds live throughout the environment, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Mucormycosis mainly affects people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body’s ability to fight germs and sickness. It most commonly affects the sinuses or the lungs after inhaling fungal spores from the air. It can also occur on the skin after a cut, burn, or other type of skin injury.

“Black Fungus is not related coronavirus. One in 100,000 people contract it,” Salim told Zhyan News Network, noting there is almost one case of the disease in five to six years and mortality rate is over 50 percent.

Two deaths of Black Fungus have so far been recorded in Iraq, one in Dhi Qar’s Nasiriyah and another from an Arab man in Sulaimani.
The disease has raised distress among public health professionals as the infection is known to strike COVID-19 patients even after they recovered from the virus, adding another uphill challenge to the ongoing pandemic.

The black fungus infection has recently sent alarm bells ringing states across India amid the deadly second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

The rare disease in the most affected country of India has killed more than 300 people and infected over 12,000, according to France 24. 

According to health professionals, the deadly fungus attacks nose, jaw, eyes and brain moving rapidly in the body, while some patients are left with disabilities even after surgeries.

(Zhyan English)