Deadly Brain-Eating Fungus Outbreak Spreads Beyond India

Earlier this week, health officials in India sounded the alarm that “black fungus” infections called mucormycosis were popping up among COVID-19 patients and survivors — especially those with diabetes — at alarming rates.

The actual fungus is fairly common, but it seems to take hold in diabetes patients who have had longer hospital stays for their coronavirus infections. Doctors believe that the steroids used to treat COVID-19 tend to temporarily weaken patients’ immune systems, allowing the fungus to thrive in their brains and lungs.

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