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Death due to black fungus reported in Kolkata

The Covid-triggered 'black fungus' has already claimed over 200 lives and infected at least 7,000 people across India

Update : 22 May 2021, 02:59 PM

A 32-year-old woman has died of "black fungus" while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kolkata, the capital of India's West Bengal state.

Shampa Chakraborty, a resident of Haridevpur in the southern fringes of the city, died on Friday morning while battling mucormycosis, commonly known as "black fungus," a Health Department official said on Saturday, reports PTI.

She was admitted to the state-run Sambhunath Pandit Hospital with Covid-19, he said.


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At present, five patients are undergoing treatment for the disease in the state, the official said.

"All these patients are from neighbouring Bihar and Jharkhand. We are constantly monitoring their conditions," he added.

The Health Department formed an expert committee to deal with "black fungus" cases.

The Covid-triggered "black fungus" has already claimed over 200 lives and infected at least 7,000 people across India, leading the country's health ministry to ask states to declare it an epidemic, reports The Independent.

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