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Fungal Epidemic, Sick Babies: Worst of Covid Plays Out in India

  • Deadly fungal infection, once deemed rare, spurs drug shortage
  • Doctors predict surge in inflammatory condition in children
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India Battles Black Fungus Infection
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Rare, life-threatening Covid-19 complications appear to be escalating in India, creating a fresh wave of critical medical challenges in a country that has already seen short supplies of oxygen and other basic needs.

Pharmacists are warning of a shortage of a crucial drug to treat an invasive fungal infection preying on patients with weakened immune systems and diabetes. An uptick in cases across India of a dangerous inflammatory syndrome in children -- also seen in the U.S. and Europe at the height of their outbreaks -- is a harbinger of a potentially deadly spate of the pediatric illness in the coming weeks.