Indian Health Minister Kharsh Vardhan said that health authorities have recorded more than 40,000 cases of the black fungus disease, which has killed nearly 3,000 people.
Vardhan added, during a press conference, that the death rate from fungal infections reached 3,129 cases, while in general 40,845 infections were recorded.
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The Indian Minister of Health stated that, in 31,344 cases, the nose, sinuses and parts of the brain were injured.
He explained that 34,940 people, equivalent to 85.5%, were infected with the Corona virus, and 26,187 people, or 64.11%, had diabetes, while 21,523 or 52.69% had received doping materials.
Vardhan added that 32% of black fungus sufferers are aged from 18 to 45 years, and 42% are between 45 and 60 years old, while 24% of infections come from people over 60 years old.
Black fungus is a rare infection caused by exposure to mold that is commonly found in soil, compost, and decaying plants, fruits and vegetables.
Black fungus affects the sinuses, brain and lungs, and can threaten the lives of people with diabetes or people with severe immunodeficiency, such as cancer patients or people with HIV or the Corona virus.
The disease can develop in those who have been exposed to fungal spores in the environment or after the fungus enters the skin through a cut, scratch or burn.
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