Maharashtra’s cumulative count of black fungus or mucormycosis cases reached 7,395 on Sunday, as per the state health department.
Of these, 644 people infected to black fungus have died, while 2,212 have recovered from the disease.
The maximum number of black fungus cases were reported in Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Solapur districts.
Recently, the state government has put a cap on the rates for treatment of mucormycosis or black fungus, at private hospitals. Mucormycosis or black fungus is a complication caused by a fungal infection. People catch mucormycosis by coming in contact with the fungal spores in the environment. It can also develop on the skin after the fungus enters the skin through a cut, scrape, burn, or other types of skin trauma, as per the Union Health Ministry.
The disease is being detected among patients who are recovering or have recovered from COVID-19. Moreover, anyone who is diabetic and whose immune system is not functioning well needs to be on the guard against this. Looking at the rising cases of Mucormycosis or ‘black fungus’, the Union Health Ministry had last month said the availability of Amphotericin-B, the key drug to treat the deadly disease, is now being increased and the ministry is in touch with five additional manufacturers.
Several states including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka, Odisha, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have declared it a ‘notifiable’ disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, thereby making it mandatory to report every Mucormycosis case to the state government.