As per the Health and Family Welfare Department, 109 patients who have been diagnosed with Black Fungus infection are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the State. Nearly 68 persons have recovered from Black Fungus infection in the State so far.
Since mucor is a fast-spreading disease and could further damage other organs, a part of his left lung and the entire right kidney was removed immediately as a life-saving procedure. The complicated surgery lasted for six hours.
The AIIMS Bhubaneswar researchers found the rare species of fungus in a 26-year-old youth from Odisha in March, 2018.
After the fear of 'Black Fungus', the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhubaneswar announced the discovery of another fungus on Friday (Aug 20).
In May, the GST Council, among other exemptions, had decided to exempt the import of Covid relief items irrespective of the mode of procurement -- paid or free of cost -- from the payment of Integrated GST (IGST).
Odisha government on Monday informed that as many as 129 cases of black fungus have been reported from the State so far while a total of 18 people have succumbed to the fatal disease. As per sources, Ganjam and Khordha districts have reported 21 cases each while 8 cases of infection have been confirmed in Balasore.
Even though the new Delta plus variant of Covid-19 virus has raised fears about another wave of the pandemic due to its highly infectious nature, the Odisha Health Department on Friday advised people to shun fears as the State has not yet detected a single case of the new variant since May.
Amid a sharp rise in cases of black fungus infections among Covid-19 patients in India and Nepal, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has on Thursday called on to lower the prices of the drug used to treat the condition, media reports said.
Odisha Public Health Director, Dr Niranjan Mishra on Thursday (June 24) said that more number of black fungus cases have emerged in the state because of the increased surveillance.
Sounding fresh alarm bells, at least 21 cases of the dreaded Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 have been reported in Maharashtra, Health Minister Rakesh Tope has said.
Amphotericin-B is used to treat Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, which damages the nose, eyes, sinuses, and sometimes even the brain.
Mucormycosis is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes that has been developing in Covid-19 patients.
Mucor is a fungus that is present everywhere around us and can cause mucormycosis or black fungus. Black fungus only causes disease in people with extremely poor immunity.
There was a 2.1-fold rise in mucormycosis cases during 2020 in India compared to 2019 and the research suggests that this increase is attributable to the pandemic.
A dedicated ward for treatment of Black Fungus (Mucormycosis) infection cases was opened at the Sri Ram Chandra Bhanja Medical College & Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack on Friday.
A steady rise in the infection cases of Black Fungus also known as Mucormycosis has evolved as a major headache for the State government at a time when the daily spike in the Covid cases is still above 8 thousand. The situation is even more alarming due to the absence of sufficient stock of the most important treatment against the disease, i.e. the administration of liposomal Amphotericin-B injection.
The Centre has so far provided, both through the free of cost category and through the direct state procurement category, more than 23 crore vaccine doses (23,11,68,480) to States/UTs.
A patient suspected to be infected with Black Fungus succumbed in Sambalpur district. The patient died at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science and Research (VIMSAR) in Sambalpur.
A man suspected to have been infected with black fungus died while undergoing treatment at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science and Research (VIMSAR) at Burla in the district.
29,250 vials of Amphotericin-Bwere allocated, based on the number of patients under treatment which is 11,717 across the country.
The Centre has allocated to states and Union Territories (UTs) 29,250 additional vials of Amphotericin-B, a key drug to treat raging mucormycosis cases in India for the 11,717 patients currently being treated at different hospitals across the country
"Black fungus is another family; this term got associated with mucormycosis due to the presence of black dots among the culture of white fungal colonies."
"This fungus is found in reptiles. I saw this disease for the first time. Amphotericin B injection is used to treat this disease. It takes a long time to heal. This patient's condition cannot be said to be very good, he is still undergoing treatment."
Officials have issued the advisory after swarms of locusts were spotted in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer city.
India has so far reported approximately cases of 8,848 mucormycosis or black fungus, one of the rapidly spreading infections observed in those recovering from Covid-19.