Current Fungal Infection Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 287–292 | Cite as

Epidemiology of Mucormycosis in India

  • Arunaloke ChakrabartiEmail author
  • Manpreet Dhaliwal
Epidemiological Aspects of Fungal Infection (T Chiller and J Baddley, Section Editors)


Mucormycosis is an emerging healthcare problem in the Indian population. The epidemiology of the disease is distinct with very high incidence among uncontrolled diabetics. The patients present commonly as rhino-orbito-cerebral mucormycosis, which is easy to diagnose. But, the mortality rate remains high (nearly 50 %), as the patients attend the healthcare facility late in the course of the disease after extensive spread of infection. Isolated renal mucormycosis in young apparently healthy individuals is a new form of the disease. The spectrum of etiological agents causing mucormycosis is also unique as Apophysomyces elegans is the second most common pathogen after Rhizopus oryzae. Many new agents are identified causing the disease.


Mucormycosis Zygomycosis Epidemiology Diabetes Renal disease Mucoraceous fungi Apophysomyces elegans Rhizopus Nosocomial Transplant Hematology Immunocompetent host Computational model 


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A Chakrabarti declares no conflicts of interest.

M Dhaliwal declares no conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical MicrobiologyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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