Telangana government has declared mucormycosis or ‘black fungus’ as a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. In a notification, the Telangana government said, “Fungal infection mucormycosis is hereby declared as a notifiable disease under Epidemic Diseases Act 1897.”
“All government and private health facilities shall follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis and management of mucormycosis issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and Indian Council of Medical Research,” it added.
The state also made it mandatory for all government and private health facilities to report all suspected and confirmed cases of the deadly fungal infection to the health department.
It urged medical superintendents of all government and private hospitals to ensure strict compliance and send a daily report on such cases.
It may be noted that black fungus cases and deaths are rising in the country and has become a matter of concern for multiple states amid the ongoing second Covid-19 wave.