Mucormycosis has killed 126 people so far across the country. In addition, about 5,500 people have been infected with this black fungal infections so far. Maharashtra tops in terms of death rate. So far, five states have declared the disease an epidemic. The situation has worsened to the point that many states are facing a shortage of liposomal amphotericin-B, which is used to treat the disease.
According to the Times of India, about 5,500 people across the country are exposed to the black fungus. Of these, 126 people have died. In Maharashtra alone, 90 people have lost their lives due to this fungal infection. Apart from this, the number of fatalities is14 in Haryana and 8 in Uttar Pradesh. All the 8 patients have died in the capital Lucknow. After the recent black fungus outbreak in Patna, Bihar, patients with white fungus have also been found.
According to the report, 4 people have died due to black fungus in Jharkhand. So far, 2-2 patients have lost their lives in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Bihar, Assam, Odisha and Goa have lost 1-1. Currently, some states have not yet collected the number of cases of Mucormycosis and deaths.
After Rajasthan, Gujarat on Thursday also declared the disease an epidemic. Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have declared it a notified disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act. After this, it has become necessary for the state governments to report every case of Mucormycosis in these states.