Srinagar: A suspected Mucormycosis (Black Fungus) patient was admitted at Government Dental College (GDC) Srinagar on Sunday.
Dr. Irshad Ahmad Misger, Assistant Professor at Oral & Maxillofacial department Government Dental College Srinagar said that a patient from Srinagar, who had tested positive for Covid-19 on May 5, had recovered recently, has been admitted at GDC and is a suspected case of black fungus.
He said that patient has been on long-term steroids and is also suffering from “uncontrolled diabetes.”
“We are going for biopsy of the patient tomorrow. The test report may take a few days.
Notably, J&K reported first death due to black fungus on Friday, when a 40 year old male from Poonch succumbed at GMC Jammu.
Earlier HOD at CD hospital Dr. Naveed Nazir said that black fungus isn’t a contagious disease and there is a need to avoid self-medication
“Mucormycosis is not a new disease neither contagious. We just need to avoid self medication like steroids, identify high risk patients and keep blood sugar under control,” he tweeted.
“As per HoD Oral & Maxillofacial surgery GDC Srinagar, they have already successfully operated one case of mucormycosis in Nov 2020 and another strong suspect case admitted with them.. both post covid and diabetics, he said.