Authorities of Chile confirmed their first case of mucormycosis on Friday, May 28, disease also known as ‘black fungus’, linked to the COVID-19. Standing up just like the second contagion of its kind on the continent.
Through a statement, cited by CNN Chile, the Tórax Hospital detailed that “A patient affected by severe pneumonia by COVID-19 presents a co-infection caused by a filamentous fungus named Mucor, which produced Mucormycosis ”.
“This fungus, not contagious, has been associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection in different parts of the world and it is considered opportunistic since it is present in the environment and generates serious and invasive infections in patients with known risk factors (comorbidity) and the use of high-dose corticosteroids, which is a frequent association in these patients ”, he said.
The patient is hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit of the health center, he added in the official text. At the same, it was highlighted that “other patients or health personnel do not have any risk, because it is not transmissible.”
This statement coincides with a further increase in positives in Chile, where on Friday, May 28, 8,680 new infections of coronavirus, the second highest figure since the start of the pandemic.
This week Uruguay registered the first case of ‘black fungus’ in America in a man with diabetes who had recovered from the COVID-19, repeating a table that has set off the alarms in India.
In the Asian country, where the high incidence of coronavirus generated health chaos, they have also suffered from the ‘black fungus’ that has proliferated at an alarming rate, especially among convalescents from COVID-19.
According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the first symptoms are headaches, swelling of the face and fever, with a mortality rate of more than 54%.
Chile confirms the third highest figure of the pandemic
The Chilean health authorities reported this Saturday the detection of 8,426 new infections of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the third highest figure since the start of the pandemic, when the country is on the verge of exceeding its hospital capacity.
“We recognize that we are going through a complex moment in the occupation of critical beds (…) we have been over 95% for several days and what worries us most is the Metropolitan Region, because it has had a very significant increase and the requirement (of hospital beds) is greater, “said the Undersecretary of Healthcare Networks, Alberto Dougnac.
With information from AFP.
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