Tamil Nadu Declares Black Fungus As Noticeable Disease Under Epidemic Act!!
Following the corona impact, black fungus is currently spreading across Tamil Nadu. One person dies in Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu has reported first suspected death due to Black Fungus in the Thoothukkudi district. A 57-year-old welding lath owner who was also a COVID-19 patient is said to have possibly died of Mucormycosis infection in the government hospital. The health minister of Tamil Nadu, Ma Subramanian has informed that officials are taking a stock of the disease.
Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishna said, “We are making Black Fungus a notifiable disease under the Public Health Act. So now, we’ll know what all cases are there. Luckily, we’ve officially only 9 reported cases & all are stable. Now, we’ll also get the data from private hospitals”, ANI reported.
All government and private health facilities shall follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis and management of Black Fungus by the union health ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research, it said.
Additionally, the Union Health Ministry has urged states and union territories to make black fungus or mucormycosis a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, stating that the infection is leading to prolonged morbidity and mortality amongst coronavirus-infected patients.
Several health experts are warning about the signs of this deadly and rare fungal infection. Delhi has seen a steady rise in the cases of Mucormycosis giving serious concerns to healthcare officials. The cases of ‘Black Fungus’ infection are deadly as it is a rare fungal infection. The disease has been a case of death of patients in transplants, ICUs, and immunodeficient for a long time. Symptoms include nose obstruction, swelling in the eyes or cheeks, and black crusts in the nose.