A suspected black fungus patient died at Dhaka's Birdem Hospital three days ago while one black fungus infected patient is undergoing treatment at the same hospital.
"The 65-year-old patient died three days ago with suspected mucormycosis infection or black fungus. We are examining to confirm the case," Professor M Delwar Hossain, chairman of Department of Respiratory Medicine at Birdem, told The Daily Star.
He said the deceased had uncontrolled diabetes and kidney problems but recovered from Covid-19.
About the mucormycosis patient currently being treated at the hospital, Dr Delwar said that the patient was being given medicine and his condition is not severe.
The professor said they have already written to the Directorate General of Health Services about the patient and also informed about the medicine as it is expensive.
He also said another black fungus infected patient, aged 45, was not taking treatment at Birdem right now.
Health officials on Sunday said they would soon release a guideline on preventing and treating the infection.
"Birdem authority is yet to notify us about the black fungus issue formally. Once we got the notification we will inform officially and take the necessary steps," DGHS spokesperson Nazmul Islam, told The Daily Star.
He also said they are in close contact with the Birdem authority about the issue.