All states have been requested by the government to declare mucormycosis, or “black fungus,” an outbreak. The Health Ministry has written to states requesting that the rare but potentially lethal infection be listed under the “Epidemic Diseases Act.”
This means that all cases of black fungus, a disease seen in recovered Covid patients, must be reported to the health ministry.
“All government and private health facilities and medical colleges have to follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis, management of mucormycosis,” Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal has said in a letter to states.
The disorder is closely related to diabetes and can cause blackening or discoloration of the nose, blurred or double vision, chest pain, breathing problems, and blood coughing.
Doctors advise diabetics and those with weakened immune systems to look for signs such as sinus or nasal blockage on one side of the face, fever, swelling or numbness, toothache, and loosening of the teeth.
The virus has claimed the lives of 1,500 people in Maharashtra, with 90 people dying as a result of it. Black fungus has already been declared an outbreak in Rajasthan and Telangana. With only nine cases registered so far, Tamil Nadu has also declared the disease under the Public Health Act. According to doctors, mucormycosis can affect the face, nose, orbit of the eye, or brain, resulting in vision loss. It can also spread to teh lungs.