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‘Black Fungus’ declared as epidemic by J&K Government. Know what it means

Last Updated on May 24, 2021 at 1:48 pm

Jammu and Kashmir government has declared ‘Black Fungus’ or Mucormycosis as an epidemic disease on Monday.

The step has come after directions by the Union government that was concerned over the growing number of patients of Black Fungus. The H&ME Department of the J&K government made the announcement.

“Under section 2 of the Epidemic Disease Act 1897(Act no.3 of 1897) the Government of J&K notifies Mucormycosis as an Epidemic,” Health and Medical Education Department J&K wrote on its Twitter handle.

Jammu and Kashmir reported the first death due to black fungus on Friday with a 40-year-old COVID-19 recovered patient from Poonch succumbing to the fungus at GMC Jammu. On Sunday, Head of CD Hospital, Dr Naveed Nazir Shah quoted HoD Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Government Dental College Srinagar saying that one case of Mucormycosis was successfully operated at the institution in November while another “strong suspect” case is admitted there.