Black fungus created a new pandemic situation in India.
In India, black fungus infections caused by Covid are on the rise. So far, more than 7,000 people have contracted the disease, and more than 200 people have lost their lives. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases of mucormycosis (also known as black fungus). Maharashtra has currently reported the highest cases of black fungus deaths, which is a new concern for the health department and the authorities.
The Times of India has reported that almost 7,250 people are known to be infected with mucormycosis. Data shared by HT officials shows that so far, nearly 219 people have died in the country.
In recent times, many states have reported a sharp increase in the cases of black fungus. On Thursday, the center asked states to declare it an infectious disease. Telangana, Odisha, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Haryana have also declared black fungus to be dangerous.
According to Hindustan Times, in terms of the cases of the Black Fungus disease, Gujarat was the most affected state, followed by Madhya Pradesh.
Gujarat has reported 1,163 cases along with 61 deaths. Madhya Pradesh has recorded 575 infections with 31 deaths. Haryana has reported 268 cases and 8 deaths, while Delhi has recorded 203 cases and 1 death.
In Uttar Pradesh, 169 cases of mucormycosis and 8 deaths were reported. Bihar has registered 103 cases and 2 deaths. According to The Hindustan Times, Chhattisgarh has reported 101 cases of infection and 1 death, Karnataka reported 97 patients without any deaths so far, but Telangana reported 90 cases and 10 deaths.
Randeep Guleria, the director of AIIMS in Delhi, recently stated that after Covid-19, the black fungus or mucormycosis infections are increasing rapidly. He also stated that steroid abuse occurring in the duration of the treatment for Covid is, in fact, the actual cause of this infection. In addition, he also mentioned that diabetic or Covid-positive patients who take steroids have a higher risk of catching this deadly infection.