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Another black fungus case detected in Chattogram

Another black fungus case detected in Chattogram

A 48-year-old man has been diagnosed with black fungus at Chattogram Medical College and Hospital on Monday, officials said.

Director of Chattogram Medical College and Hospital Brig General SM Humayun Kabir said the patient has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since Friday and a medical board has been formed for him to provide necessary treatment.

This is the second case of black fungus in Chattogram and the first case was reported on July 29.

The 60-year-old woman is still undergoing treatment at the hospital.

The second patient is a resident of Karnaphuli upazila and he was not infected by Covid-19 as he has taken the two doses of Covid vaccine, said sources at the hospital.

However, the patient has been suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma.

His family members took him to a doctor when he complained of mouth pain and he was admitted to a private hospital on July 25.

On August 6, he was detected with black fungus and admitted to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital.

Prof Dr Suzat Pal, head of the medicine department of the hospital, said, “There’s a schedule to conduct surgery on the first patient detected with black fungus on Monday. The second patient also needs a surgery but it depends on the health condition of the patient.”

On May 25, the first cases of black fungus in Bangladesh were detected in two Covid-recovered patients at Birdem General Hospital.

Black fungus, a rare infection, has a mortality rate of 50% "with some only saved by removing an eye". The fungus affects many areas of the body, including the eyes, nose, face, and even the brain in severe cases.

In recent months, India reportedly saw many black fungus cases affecting recovered and recovering Covid-19 patients.