Two deaths due to black fungus at IGMC, Shimla

Black Fungus is increasing day by day in Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal Pradesh has reported its first fatalities due to black fungus after two patients succumbed to the infection at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla.IGMC senior medical superintendent Dr Janak Raj said on Friday that a 49-year-old diabetic man from Kasauli, who was admitted  to the hospital on May 22, died of mucormycosis late on Thursday.

The second patient, a 38-year-old man from Nadaun in Hamirpur district, was brought to IGMC on Thursday.

He too was diabetic and had swelling in the sinus area.“The fungus had affected their brain that ultimately resulted in their death,”

Dr Janak Raj said.Himachal Pradesh had recorded its first case of mucormycosis on May 22 when a 52-year-old woman from Hamirpur was found infected. At present, she is undergoing treatment at IGMC.

The state has recorded seven cases of mucormycosis so far. Three patients are undergoing treatment at IGMC and two at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda.