Black fungus or mucormycosis is a deadly complication of Covid-19 disease that is responsible for many fatalities around the world. Since a few weeks, even dengue cases have been increasing day by day in India. And now, a rare case of black fungus has been linked to dengue recovery in Delhi hospital. After 15 days of recovering from dengue, a 49-year-old man named Mohammad Talib, a Noida resident, has been admitted to Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi. As per the doctor at the hospital, it is a rare case of post-dengue mucormycosis. He was admitted to the hospital after he complained of a sudden loss of vision from one eye, a few days after recovering from dengue.
Dr. Suresh Singh Naruka, senior consultant ENT, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, who is leading the treatment of the patient, said, "A rare case of black fungus (mucormycosis) came into our view when Mr. Talib Mohammad came to the hospital reporting sudden loss of vision from one eye post dengue fever.” He further added saying, "It is rarest of the rare to see mucormycosis as a post recovery complication in a dengue patient, as this condition is generally seen in people who have a history of diabetes, compromised immunity and various other infections. A deadly infection caused by a group of fungus called Mucor. This fungus invades into the healthy tissues of the nose, sinuses, eye and brain so rapidly that any delay in diagnosis and management can lead to adverse long term complications."
Dr. Atul Ahuja, senior consultant ENT and head and neck surgery at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, said, “Diagnosing and managing a case of rhino-orbital (involving nose and eye) mucormycosis in a patient who has just recovered from dengue fever is very important, as even after best treatment, patients of mucormycosis can lose their eyesight permanently and in a state of an aggressive infection, removal of eye becomes necessary for preventing any further spread of infection.” Dr. Nishant Rana, registrar at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, said, “Before coming to the hospital the patient had an episode of Nasal Bleeding as a complication owing to Dengue 15 days prior to his recovery, wherein he noted low count of platelets with no transfusion history. Mucormycosis in his case is a resultant factor of compromised immunity owing to Dengue.”