Indore: Two people have died due to the black fungal infection as their brain was affected, Dr. Shweta Walia, Designated Professor, Eye Department, Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital, Indore said. She further added that total 13 patients have been detected with this infection here so far in the state. Also Read - Retail Inflation Rises To 6.3 Per Cent in May From 4.23 Per Cent in April: Government Data

Mucormycosis, better known as Black Fungus infection, has been reported in many COVID-19 survivors, mainly from Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat. While the symptoms have already raised eyebrows and added to the panic basket, it does not affect everyone. So who should worry about it? Here’s what you need to know. Also Read - Doctors at Patna Hospital Remove Cricket Ball Sized Black Fungus From Brain of 60-Year-Old Man

Mucormycosis or Black Fungus is a serious but rare fungal infection due to a rare killer fungus called Mucor which exists in the environment, often found on wet surfaces. It is seen in the form of blackish moulds. People get mucormycosis by coming in contact with the fungal spores in the environment. The fungus causes the disease that has now been linked to the airborne COVID-19 infection. The infection first came to light during the first ‘wave’ of the pandemic. It was previously known as zygomycosis. Also Read - Tax On Black Fungus Medicine Waived, 5% GST on Vaccine To Stay

Black Fungus generally affects COVID-19 recovered patients who have other comorbidities like diabetes, kidney or heart failure, cancer as well as patients who are on steroids or have had a transplant. However, it is most common in diabetic patients, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States