No black fungus case registered in Kirkuk

Directorate of Kirkuk health. Photo by Kirkuk health media office.

KirkukNow, Kirkuk

Director of Kirkuk health confirmed the suspect cases were not black fungus and no cases of Mucormycosis registered in Kirkuk.

Dr. Nabil Hamdi Boushnaq rejected all the news circulated on social media about positive cases of Mucormycosis in Kirkuk.

Boushnaq said 3-4 cases were checked in private clinics suffering from black spots on their bodies and faces and were afraid of black fungus but no case registered officially.

“The patients went home and are in stable health conditions,” Boushnaq said. “To diagnose it, you need to do biopsy sent to Baghdad in order to determine the disease.”

“The patients went home and are in stable health conditions,”

Mucormycosis is a rare but dangerous fungal infection. This aggressive infection affects the nose, eye and sometimes the brain.

It causes damage to the sinuses, the brain and the lungs and can be life-threatening in diabetic or severely immunocompromised patients, such as cancer patients.

“There is no link between Covid-19 and black fungus, and it targets the elderly and those suffering of chronic diseases such as uncontrolled diabetes and low immunity,” he added.

“There is no need to worry as it hurts people whose immunity system is poor so to boost your immunity take the Covid-19 jab.”

End of April, Kirkuk health director warned of spike in Covid-19 infections in the province as the hospital dedicated for patients tested positive and in critical conditions was full and no more patients could be hospitalized.

Amid the deadly second wave of Covid-19 in India, doctors are reporting a rash of cases involving a rare infection - also called the "black fungus" - among recovering and recovered Covid-19 cases.

Iraq has registered several cases of black fungus in Dhi Qar and one case was reported dead in al-Sulaymaniyah province in northern Kurdistan region.

Iraqi ministry of health said in a statement the black fungus is not related to Covid-19 and no Iraqi returned from India tested positive of the fatal disease.

The symptoms of air infection include cough, chest pain, short breathing and swelling on one side of the face, headache, sinus block, vomit, bloody stool, with black dots on the nose or in mouth.

While if infected via skin, bubbles can be seen on the skin, redness and swelling of the skin turning into black.

Lately, the Iraqi government has eased restrictions to curb Covid-19’s second wave by living weekend full curfew and opening doors for class education.

Iraq has registered 1,210,000 cases since February 2020 up to June 2nd, and 16,400 deaths. Only 615,000 people received the Covid-19 jab as Iraq has joined the drive early March.

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