At least 19 regions of the India, the last of them Jammu and Kashmir, today, have elevated to the category of epidemic mucormycosis, a sometimes lethal infection that is popularly known as “black fungus” and of which an increasing number of cases has been detected in patients of covid-19.
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“All public and private health centers will follow the directives to examine, diagnose and treat mucormicosis”, informed the Government of the northern region in an order, which comes after the Indian Executive recommended to the regional authorities to declare the disease as an epidemic at the beginning of the month to make a more strict follow-up of the cases.
Jammu and Kashmir has ordered that suspected and confirmed cases be reported to the health department, while banning the transmission of information on how to treat mucormycosis without prior permission from health authorities.
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A public health official in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, told EFE that the intention is to prevent panic in the region, the last of the 36 Indian states and territories to declare the epidemic an epidemic. mucormicosis.
The Indian health authorities raised the alarm a couple of weeks ago, when a significant increase in cases was detected among patients with coronavirus with very specific pathologies such as diabetes.
“The mucormicosis It is not a communicable disease, unlike the coronavirus”Dr. Randeep Singh Guleria, the director of the AIIMS public hospital in New Delhi, said today at an Indian Ministry of Health press conference.
According to Guleria, “90 or 95% of patients infected with mucormycosis are diabetic or take steroids. This infection has hardly been detected among those who are neither diabetic nor taking steroids ”.
The main pulmonologist of Jammu and Kashmir, Naveed Nazir Shah, reminded Efe that it is not a new disease and for the moment it has only caused one death in the region, a person in his 40s who had recovered from the coronavirus.
Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said today that the country has detected about 5,500 cases of mucormycosis, especially in the western states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, and that of all patients, 55% had diabetes and 4,556 had a history of previous coronavirus.
However, the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Sadanand Gowda, said last weekend that the total figure amounts to more than 8,800 infections.
The growing number of infections by the “black fungus” has added to the concern about the coronavirus pandemic in India, which this Monday crossed the barrier of 300,000 deaths and registered more than 4,000 deaths in the last 24 hours.
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