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Jul 22, 2021

Fungal diseases are rare but, once diagnosed, incredibly hard to treat and often fatal. The overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases in India has given rise to mucormycosis, also called “black fungus” for the appearance of the lesions caused by the infection. Dr. Arturo Casadevall talks with Stephanie Desmon about this and other fungal diseases, why COVID patients in India are particularly vulnerable, why treatments are slow and often ineffective, and why the pharmaceutical industry hasn’t invested more in treating these often deadly infections.