Black fungus: These 5 states account for over 65% of India’s 11,717 mucormycosis cases

  • While Maharashtra has reported 2,770 cases, Gujarat has logged 2,859 cases, Andhra Pradesh has registered 768 cases, Madhya Pradesh has recorded 752 cases, and Telangana 744 cases so far

Edited By Meghna Sen
Updated26 May 2021, 02:33 PM IST
An eye doctor checks Covid patients for Mucormycosis or Black Fungus symptoms at NMMC Hospital, Vashi in Navi Mumbai.
An eye doctor checks Covid patients for Mucormycosis or Black Fungus symptoms at NMMC Hospital, Vashi in Navi Mumbai.

The country has recorded 11,717 cases of "Black Fungus" or Mucormycosis so far with Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana logging the highest number of rare fungal infection, according to the latest government data.

While Maharashtra has reported 2,770 cases, Gujarat has logged 2,859 cases, Andhra Pradesh has registered 768 cases, Madhya Pradesh has 752 cases, and Telangana has 744 cases so far.

In the national capital, 620 cases have been recorded till now, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said. However, the data shared by the Union Minister shows nearly 120 cases.

The Central Government has declared it as a notifiable disease while 11 states have already declared it as an epidemic.

Black Fungus treatment

Union Minister Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday announced that the additional 29,250 vials of Amphotericin- B drug, used in the treatment of Mucormycosis, have been allocated to all the states and UTs today.

The government has allocated 7,210 vials to Gujarat, followed by 6,980 vials to Maharashtra as part of the 29,250 fresh allocation.

Several other states like Andhra Pradesh (1,930), Madhya Pradesh (1,910), Telangana (1,890), Uttar Pradesh (1,780), Rajasthan (1,250), Karnataka (1,220), Haryana (1,110) also received additional vials to counter the infection.

Earlier, additional 19,420 vials of Amphotericin- B were allocated on 24 May and 23,680 vials of the drug were supplied across India on 21 May.

Amphotericin-B is used to treat Mucormycosis, also known as Black Fungus, which damages the nose, eyes, sinuses, and sometimes even the brain.

While government hospitals have started giving treatments, many of the private super/multi-specialty hospitals in Delhi told news agency ANI that the cost of treatment can range up to 10 to 15 lakh per patient excluding post-discharge treatment.

Indian doctors are documenting an alarming number of cases of Mucormycosis among patients with coronavirus and those who have recently recovered. They believe that the fungal infection may be triggered by the use of steroids, a life-saving treatment for severe and critically ill Covid-19 patients.

Catch all the Business News, Market News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on Live Mint. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates.MoreLess
First Published:26 May 2021, 02:33 PM IST
HomeNewsIndiaBlack fungus: These 5 states account for over 65% of India’s 11,717 mucormycosis cases

Most Active Stocks

Bharat Electronics

313.50
03:59 PM | 18 JUL 2024
-12.85 (-3.94%)

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation

331.20
03:59 PM | 18 JUL 2024
8.8 (2.73%)

Zee Entertainment Enterprises

142.45
03:59 PM | 18 JUL 2024
-13 (-8.36%)

Tata Steel

166.35
03:56 PM | 18 JUL 2024
-0.7 (-0.42%)
More Active Stocks

Market Snapshot

  • Top Gainers
  • Top Losers
  • 52 Week High

India Cements

344.75
03:54 PM | 18 JUL 2024
21.7 (6.72%)

IDBI Bank

92.19
03:59 PM | 18 JUL 2024
4.27 (4.86%)

Endurance Technologies

2,679.00
03:29 PM | 18 JUL 2024
102.4 (3.97%)

Gillette India

8,002.75
03:29 PM | 18 JUL 2024
275 (3.56%)
More from Top Gainers

Recommended For You

    More Recommendations

    Gold Prices

    • 24K
    • 22K
    Bangalore
    75,099.00-147.00
    Chennai
    74,659.00-440.00
    Delhi
    74,512.00-294.00
    Kolkata
    75,539.0073.00

    Fuel Price

    • Petrol
    • Diesel
    Bangalore
    102.86/L0.00
    Chennai
    100.76/L0.00
    Kolkata
    104.95/L0.00
    New Delhi
    94.72/L0.00
    OPEN IN APP
    HomeMarketsPremiumInstant LoanBudget