Patient with black fungus admitted to DMCH

Staff Correspondent

15 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A patient infected with rare fungal disease mucormycosis or black fungus has been identified at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

The 45-year-old man, hailing from Khulna district, was diagnosed with mucormycosis recently and he has been taking treatment at the DMCH for a week, hospital sources said.

"We suspected fungal infection as the patient was suffering from headache, sinusitis, and complications in the right eye," Dr Forhad Uddin Hasan Chowdhury, registrar of the internal medicine department of DMCH, told the newsmen.

However, samples of the patient were sent for fungal tests and the test results confirmed black fungus, he added.

Dr Forhad said the patient's health condition is stable now and he has been given Amphotericin B, an antifungal medication. “Hopefully, he will recover shortly," he added.

On May 25, a black fungus case was found at Dhaka's Birdem General Hospital. The hospital doctors also suspected that another 65-year-old, who died three days ago at the same hospital, might have been infected by black fungus.