New Delhi, June 7 : India, which has been grappling with the second wave of COVID-19, is now also reporting rise in mucormycosis (Black Fungus) cases as it has recorded 28,252 cases till now from 28 states in which 86 per cent have a history of Covid-19 infections and 62.3 per cent of diabetes, the Indian government said on Monday.
it is being said that the fungal disease is commonly being observed in patients who were given steroids for a long time or who have been hospitalised for a long time, were on oxygen support or ventilator, faced poor hospital hygiene or those who have been taking medication for other illnesses such as diabetes.
Public Health England (PHE) said a staggering 61% of the samples sequenced are now of the Delta variant (B.1.617.2),implying that the Delta variant, first detected in India, is more dominant in the UK than the Alpha variant that had last year triggered a surge in the UK.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said this while chairing the 28th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers on Covid-19 through a video-conference, here.
“So far, 28,252 cases have been reported from 28 states. Out of these, 86 per cent (24,370 cases) have a history of Covid-19 infection and 62.3 per cent (17,601) have a history of diabetes.”
Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of Mucormycosis cases (6,339) followed by Gujarat (5,486).
Till May 25 night, over 768 mucormycosis cases were being treated in Andhra Pradesh followed by Madhya Pradesh (752), Telangana (744), Uttar Pradesh (701), Central institutions (592), Rajasthan (492), Karnataka (481), Haryana (436), Tamil Nadu (236), Bihar (215), Punjab (141), Uttarakhand (124), Delhi (119), Chhattisgarh (103), Chandigarh (83), Kerala (36), Jharkhand (29), Odisha (15), Goa (10), Jammu and Kashmir (5), Himachal Pradesh (3), Puducherry (2) and Tripura (1).
Mucormycosis is one of the rapidly spreading infections observed in patients recovering from Covid-19.
Mucormycosis is a serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes that has been developing in Covid-19 patients.
If not treated on time, the mucormycosis infection can turn fatal.
In the second wave, the Minister claimed that “continuously daily cases are declining and are outnumbered by new recoveries 83 per cent of active cases are in 10 states and the remaining 17 per cent in 26 states and Union Territories”.
Due to poor medical infrastruture, Several countries, including India’s political rivals China and Pakistan, responded to the humanitarian crisis and sent much needed medical equipment, oxygen, vaccines, and treatments so far.