Cow Dung Fires May Be Linked to Black Fungus Epidemic in India, Paper Asserts

Cow dung, widely used as a fuel and in rituals in India, is likely behind an epidemic of black fungus that killed or maimed thousands of patients treated in the country for COVID-19 in 2021, say medical researchers. Mucormycosis, a dangerous infection caused by Mucorales fungi, has an overall mortality rate of 54 per cent, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In May 2021, mucormycosis was declared an epidemic in India--during a devastating second wave of COVID-19--with the country accounting for 71 per cent of all Mucorales infection cases worldwide.
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