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Mucormycosis now a 'notifiable disease' in Telangana

Ironically, the notification comes a day after the Medical Education Director Ramesh Reddy informed journalists that there was unnecessary hype about Mucormycosis and that there were only 80 cases in the state.

Mucormycosis now a notificable disease in Telangana-VPN
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Hyderabad, First Published May 20, 2021, 9:53 AM IST

A day after the Rajasthan government declared Mucormycosis or black fungus as an epidemic and a notifiable disease, the Telangana government has adopted a similar measure.

According to a notification issued by the Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, Mucormycosis is now a notifiable disease under Epidemic Diseases Act 1897. 

Ironically, the notification comes a day after the Medical Education Director Ramesh Reddy informed journalists that there was unnecessary hype about Mucormycosis and that there were only 80 cases in the state.

Following Thursday's notification, all government and private hospital medical superintendents are now required to send daily reports with details of patients who may have the black fungus infection.  

The number of cases of Mucormycosis has multiplied in the last few weeks. Maharashtra alone has around 1,500 Covid-19 patients suffering from the black fungus. Among them, 850 are reportedly in hospital. About 90 people have died due to Mucormycosis in Maharashtra.

Some doctors believe that the unregulated use of medicines on Covid patients without controlling blood sugar level is why there is a surge in Mucormycosis cases. Other experts blame the post-Covid unhygienic lifestyle at home that allows the black fungus to latch on to immunosuppressed health systems.

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