Black Fungus Declared As A Notifiable Disease Under Public Act: TN Govt

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The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday has declared Mucormycosis aka Black Fungus a notifiable disease under the Public Health Act. The announcement was made by the state’s Health Secretary J Radhakrishna.

“Luckily, we’ve officially only 9 reported cases & all are stable. Now, we’ll also get the data from private hospitals,” Radhakrishna stated. Apart from Tamil Nadu, the Telangana government has also declared Black Fungus to be a notifiable disease simultaneously under Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 on Thursday.

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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, it said.

Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry has urged the other states and UTs to make black fungus or mucormycosis a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. It stated that the infection is leading to prolonged morbidity and mortality especially amongst the patients affected by the COVID-19 virus.

“This fungal infection is leading to prolonged morbidity and mortality amongst COVID 19 patients,” Joint Secretary in the health ministry Lav Agarwal said in the letter.

The treatment for this fungal infection requires a multidisciplinary approach which would reportedly consist of eye surgeons, ENT specialists, general surgeons, neurosurgeon,s and dental maxillofacial surgeons, among others. An institution of Amphotericin-B injection will be used as an antifungal medicine.

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“You are requested to make mucormycosis a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, wherein all government and private health facilities, medical colleges will follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis, management of mucormycosis, issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Gol) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR),” the letter further mentioned.