More than 1,170 dengue cases were registered in the first week of November. & Nbsp | & nbspPhoto credit: & nbspPTI
New Delhi: Amid a huge increase in the number of dengue cases in Delhi, a rare case of mucormycosis was reported in a patient from a private hospital in the national capital after his recovery from a vector-borne disease.
According to the ANI, the fungal infection was reported in a 49-year-old male patient at Apollo hospital in South Delhi on Saturday.
The patient had arrived at the hospital, complaining of a sudden loss of vision in one eye, 15 days after his recovery from the vector-borne disease, the hospital said in a statement.
“A rare case of black fungus (mucormycosis) came to our eyes when Talib Mohammad arrived at the hospital and reported a sudden loss of vision in one eye after dengue fever,” said Dr. Suresh Singh Naruka, senior consultant for otorhinolaryngology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, who is leading the treatment of this patient.
“It is very 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 other infections,” added Dr. Naruka.
What is mucormycosis?
In explaining the disease, Apollo’s doctor stated that mucormycosis is a deadly infection caused by a group of fungi called Mucor.
“This fungus invades healthy tissues in the nose, sinuses, eyes, and brain so quickly that any delay in diagnosis and treatment can lead to long-term adverse complications,” he said.
According to a civic report on vector-borne diseases released Monday, this season there have been nine deaths and a total of 2,708 cases of dengue as of November 6, which is the highest count since 2017 for the same period.
More than 1,170 cases were registered in the first week of November.