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Do you know what Black Fungus is and how it is contracted?

This is everything you need to know about Black Fungus, the rare disease caused by fungal infection .

Vector of black fungus seen from microscope

This is what you need to know to understand what this rare disease consists of. Photo: LatinAmerican Post

LatinAmerican Post | Vanesa López Romero

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Mucormycosis, better known as Black Fungus, is a rare infection that has a mortality rate of 50% within the group of people who are infected, and it is dangerous especially for people who suffer from diabetes or who are immunosuppressed, such as those who have cancer or HIV / AIDS.

Although the Black Fungus has been known since before the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the last week an increase of hundreds of cases have been reported around the world, especially in India, where this week around 9,000 cases.

This is what you need to know to understand what this rare disease consists of.

black fungus infographic

So far in Latin America only one case of Mucormycosis has been confirmed. This is a man under 50 with diabetes in Uruguay. Although no other cases have been registered, it cannot yet be confirmed that this is the first case in the region.

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