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CENTRE ASKS STATES TO NOTIFY BLACK FUNGUS AS EPIDEMIC

Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry, on Thursday, urged the states to make mucormycosis, commonly known as Black Fungus, a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897.

“All government and private health facilities, medical colleges to follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis, management of mucormycosis, issued by MoHFW and ICMR,” the ministry said.

Under the act, all states will have to report all confirmed or suspected cases of this condition, seen in recovering COVID patients, to the health ministry. The infection has been recorded in several parts of the country.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Wednesday, 19 May, released guidelines for early detection and prevention of mucormycosis in the hospital’s COVID Ward.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday informed that as many as 90 people have died of mucormycosis in the state.

Meanwhile, as per PTI, Rajasthan government has declared Black Fungus as an epidemic while other states like Telangana and Tamil Nadu have marked it as a notifiable disease.

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