The Union Health Ministry has urged the state governments to declare mucormycosis, a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897.
The maximum cases of fungal infection have been reported from Gujarat and Maharashtra, a Times of India report quoted the Ministry of Health as saying.
On May 20, 2021, the Union health ministry wrote to the state governments urging them to declare mucormycosis as a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, All India Radio reported. Therefore, the states are obligated to report all suspected or confirmed cases of the black fungus to the Centre, an NDTV report says.
In the letter, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal asked all government and private health facilities and medical colleges to "follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis, management of mucormycosis." He further added that "its treatment needs a multi-disciplinary approach that includes eye surgeons, ENT specialists, general surgeons, neurosurgeons, dental facial surgeons, and a particular anti-fungal medicine, Amphotericin."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mucormycosis, or black fungus, is a severe fungal infection caused by a group of molds known as mucormycetes. It primarily affects individuals who have health issues or take medications that reduce the body's ability to combat germs and illness.
Several states, including Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana, have already declared black fungus as an epidemic.
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