After Iraq and Egypt, the black fungus invades a new Arab country


The black fungus infection entered a third Arab country, Syria, after cases of this infection were recorded in Egypt and Iraq.

Issam Al-Amin, director of Al-Mowasat University Hospital, in the Syrian capital, Damascus, revealed that black fungus infection had been recorded in the country, according to what was reported by local media.
Although cases of black fungus have been recorded in Syria for at least 5 years, and this is for the Secretary, the new cases are linked to the Corona virus.
Al-Amin said that 5 cases of black fungus were detected last May, after 3 other infections were recorded last April.
The reason for the link between Corona and the black fungus is that those infected with the epidemic develop “secondary infection”, including bacterial infection and black fungus, after recovery, as a result of weak immunity.
Long-term treatment with antibiotics prepares the body for the growth of fungi in general, as well as cortisone, which negatively affects the immune system, enabling fungal germs from the body.
The Director General of the Syrian Mouwasat Hospital confirmed that this hospital was designated to treat black fungus sufferers.
As a result of these statements, a state of anxiety prevailed in the Syrian street, especially in the capital, Damascus, as many social networking platforms used a platform to express their belief that the real cases are more than those announced.
What increases Syrians’ concern is that the health sector suffers from deteriorating services, due to the war that has erupted since 2011.
And last May, Iraq recorded the first two deaths from the black fungus, one in the Dhi Qar governorate in the south of the country, and the other in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
For its part, Egypt says that it has detected a number of infections with the black fungus, confirming talk of a “very limited number.”
And black fungus, according to the World Health Organization website, is a very rare disease, which does not occur through transmission of infection from one person to another. It only affects those with severely weak immunity.
The infection occurs as a result of exposure to fungi in the surrounding environment, when spores are inhaled, which then travel to infect the lungs and sinuses, and spread until they reach the brain or eyes.


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