Mucormycosis – Honduras
15 cases of mucormycosis have been reported in Honduras.
Mucormycosis is a fungal disease caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. It mainly affects the lung after spores of the fungus are inhaled.
Of the 15 cases, 10 people who were also infected with Covid-19, died.
Photo: Mucor fungus species.
Mucormycosis is a fungal infection. Generally, species in the Mucor, Rhizopus, Absidia, and Cunninghamella genera are most often implicated.
Common sources of infections are from soil and damp walls on old buildings.
It can infect the sinuses and brain, lungs, skin and digestive tract. The infection in some cases also spreads through the bloodstream where it can result in the formation of blood clots and tissue death in the surrounding areas. Patients with this disease frequently need amputations due to necrotized tissue when blood clots form.
Mostly mucormycosis occurs with underlying conditions such as diabetes, HIV, lymphomas kidney failure and immunosuppressive therapy. However, in some cases infection is reported without any predisposing factors present.
It has been reported in association with COVID-19 and may be caused by treatment with corticosteroids.
It is a very rare infection. Hospital outbreaks are a risk where infection can spread through contaminated hospital linen.
While you are here, help us with
Access to Diagnostics
Much of today’s innovation is either not reaching or not suitable for people in developing countries.
Access to Essential Drugs
One third of children, women and men have no access to essential medicines, putting lives at risk.
Data to Improve Health
Faster and reactive systems to help provide lifesaving support to vulnerable communities.
Support our work. It only takes a minute but makes a world of difference!
With your help we can bring modern diagnostics and essential medicines to people in need, track disease outbreaks better and help prevent future pandemics.