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."
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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.
Several States and UTs have reported an increasing number of patients suffering from Covid complications in the form of Mucormycosis, popularly known as Black Fungus. There is also a reported shortage of Amphotericin-B, an anti-fungal drug used for treatment of the Black Fungus disease.
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Odisha Government has declared Black Fungus infection as a Notifiable Disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. The state Health and Family Welfare Department issued a notice in this regard on Thursday, informing that it has included Mucormycosis or Black Fungus Infection as a Notifiable Disease under Section-2 of the Epidemic Disease Act 1897.
In a major development concerning public health, the Odisha government on Thursday declared Black Fungus (Mucormycosis) a Notifiable Disease under epidemic act.
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.