Black fungus, the infection that is being reported from several COVID and COVID-recovered patients is giving a new scare every day. Known as Mucormycosis, the case has been reported in a 13-year-old who was recently operated on in Ahmedabad. This is believed to be the first such case of the disease in COVID recovered children reported in the state. So far it was only reported in adults.
The child was operated on in Khushboo Children’s Hospital in Chandkheda. The child had tested positive for the disease on Friday making it the first such case in the city and perhaps Gujarat. The child had earlier been COVID positive and so was his mother. He lost his mother to the disease. Interestingly the child had no other co-morbid conditions.
Mucormycosis declared an epidemic
The Gujarat government has declared Mucormycosis a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. The state said that all government and private health facilities will have to follow ICMR guidelines for screening, diagnosis, treatment.
Hospitals will also have to mandatorily report all suspected & confirmed cases to the government of India and the respective state government.
The decision to declare it as a pandemic was taken at a core committee meeting of the Gujarat government.
The decision comes after the Union government directed all states to declare the fungal infection an epidemic and list it under the Epidemic Diseases Act. States such as Rajasthan and Telangana have already declared the rare but fatal fungal infection as epidemic.
Declaration of disease as epidemic essentially means that all conformed or suspected cases of the disease anywhere in India will have to be reported to the state government and the Union health ministry.
Gujarat has over 1200 cases of the disease so far.
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