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Jharkhand declares Black fungus an epidemic as cases rise, Ranchi reports maximum numbers

In 18 of the 24 districts of Jharkhand, a total of 79 confirmed and 53 suspected cases of Mucormycosis or Black fungus have been reported to date. Due to the rise in cases of Black fungus the health machinery has been kept on high alert. The state government has extended all possible care to the affected people, an official said on Saturday.

In May, the state government had asked the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) to maintain records related to the lethal fungal infection. Civil surgeons in all the districts were asked to report fresh confirmed and suspected cases of Mucormycosis to the IDSP.

A few days ago, Chief Minister Hemant Soren gave his nod to declare Mucormycosis or Black fungus infection an epidemic. However, the healthcare experts also suggested that the fungal infection threat will not last for a very long time.

Jharkhand Black fungus data

Ranchi has reported the highest number of cases at 46, of which 29 are confirmed and 17 are suspected, while eight patients have died. 

Of the 21 cases reported in East Singhbhum, 18 have been confirmed while five patients have died, Shukla said.

Other districts that reported a high number of Mucormycosis cases are Hazaribag (10), Garhwa (8), Ramgarh (7), and Giridih and Palamu (6 each).

Most of the patients are being treated at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi.

Patients in Jamshedpur are getting treated in Tata Memorial Hospital, and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital.

What is Mucormycosis?

Mucormycosis is a fungal infection leading to prolonged morbidity and even mortality among COVID-19 patients.

Its treatment requires a multi-disciplinary approach consisting of ENT specialists, and eye, neuro, and dental maxillofacial surgeons.

The treatment of Black fungus is done by administering Amphotericin-B injection as an antifungal medicine.

The state government has declared Mucormycosis as an epidemic amid the rising number of cases.

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