The State Department of Health received notification of a probable case of infection by the so-called Black Fungus last Monday; elderly man was hospitalized on May 18 with a diagnosis of coronavirus
The 71-year-old who was hospitalized since May 18 for complications from Covid-19, in Campo Grande (MS), died on Wednesday, 2. According to the state government, the patient suffered from Diabetes and Arterial Hypertension Systemic and had been immunized against coronavirus in March. The suspicion of mucormycosis, also known as Black Fungus, was raised on May 28 and the State Department of Health received notification of the probable case of the disease last Monday, 31. Sought by Prime Time Zone, the press office the agency was unable to inform whether the suspicion was confirmed. Also according to a statement from the state government, people can contract the disease when they come into contact with fungi in the environment. “These forms of mucormycosis usually occur in people who have comorbidities or use medications that decrease the body’s ability to fight some diseases.”
Among the symptoms of the disease is unilateral orbital pain or sudden facial pain, which may contain nasal obstruction and necrotic nasal secretion, with complications that can lead the patient to coma and death. Treatment involves surgically removing all dead and infected tissue. In some patients this can result in loss of the upper jaw or sometimes even the eye. Treatment can take four to six weeks of intravenous antifungal therapy. As it affects various parts of the body, medical care involves a team of microbiologists, specialists in internal medicine, intensive care neurologists, ophthalmologists, dentists, surgeons and others. This Wednesday, 2, the first case of Black Fungus in Amazonas was confirmed. The 56-year-old man had diabetes, was hospitalized on April 12 and died four days later. The patient had no confirmed diagnosis for coronavirus. Rare infection has a mortality rate of 50%.