New Delhi: Amid the rising cases of black fungus infection or Mucormycosis, doctor of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Nikhil Tandon has informed that it can spread through air.
The doctor is the Professor and Head of the Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism at AIIMS, New Delhi.
The fungal infection shall not cause any problem if the person is healthy as body is capable to fight against it if the immunity is strong.
“Mucor may enter into lungs but the chances are very low”, added prof Tandon.
The fungal infection, which is caused by exposure to mucor mould that is commonly found in soil, plants, manure, and decaying fruits and vegetables, affects the brain, lungs, and sinuses and can be lethal to those suffering from diabetes and having compromised immune systems.
Reportedly, 8848 people have been diagnosed with black fungus infection in several parts of the country. Gujarat has the highest number of mucormycosis cases with 2,281 while 15 people have also been diagnosed with the infection from Odisha.
Besides, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have already declared it as a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act.