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Black fungus in India: COVID patients face rare, deadly fungal infection

A rare but serious fungal infection is appearing more frequently among #COVID19 patients in India as coronavirus cases soar to more than 350,000 per day, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Mucormycosis, also known as “black fungus,” is caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes, which tend to live in soil and decaying organic matter, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's a life-threatening infection with a mortality rate between 46% among people with sinus infections and 96% with spread disease.

In the past decade, doctors have seen only a handful of cases in India. But in the past month, they’re reporting tens of thousands of cases.

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