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Black fungus cases rising at an alarming rate in New Delhi, Rajasthan declares it epidemic

19/05/2021 at 6:28 PM

New Delhi, May 19: Mucormycosis also known as Black fungus cases has been rising at an alarming rate in the National Capital.

As per the media reports, the disease caused by irrational use of steroids has been spreading frequently and over 130 cases have been reported in New Delhi so far.

In addition to that, cases of black fungus have been reported in various parts of Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar and Rajasthan.

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan government on Wednesday declared it as an epidemic.

“Mucormycosis has been notified as an epidemic and a notifiable disease in the state under the Rajasthan Epidemic Act 2020,” read a notification issued by state’s Principal Health Secretary Akhil Arora.

Currently, the state has around 100 black fungus cases and a separate ward has been made at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital in Jaipur for their treatment.

On Monday, the state government had issued orders to purchase 2,500 vials of a drug used in the treatment of black fungus, informed Health Minister Raghu Sharma.

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