Argentina reports first confirmed case of ‘Black Fungus’: Reports

20-06-2021

Buenos Aires, Jun 20 (UNI) Argentina Health Ministry has confirmed country's first case of mucormycosis, also known as the "black fungus".

"The Ministry of Health of the Nation informs that the first notification was received by the National Health Surveillance System ((SNVS-SISA) of a case of mucormycosis, known as "black fungus," associated with a patient from [the province of] Formosa who had COVID-19," news agency Sputnik said quoting the ministry.

According to the reports, the patient is a 47-year-old woman with a history of high blood pressure and type II diabetes. She experienced the onset of coronavirus symptoms on May 11 and was tested for mucormycosis earlier in June.

Argentina’s health ministry says the death of a person in the province of Buenos Aires is also being investigated as a potential mucormycosis case.

Mucormycosis is a rare fungal infection with a mortality rate between 50 and 94 percent, depending on the stage of the illness. People with diabetes and those with a compromised immune system, such as those recovering from COVID-19, are at a greater risk of contracting "black fungus."

India has reported thousands of cases of the rare infection amid recovering coronavirus patients.