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Mucormycosis : Epidemic Under Epidemic Diseases Act 1897

Mucormycosis: An Epidemic Under Epidemic Diseases Act 1897:

The Union government has asked the States to declare mucormycosis, the fungal infection being reported in COVID-19 patients, an epidemic under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897.

  • Declaring the black fungus infection seen in COVID-19 patients an epidemic would lead to health facilities screening for it and reporting all such cases to the government.
  • Rajasthan, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu have declared it an epidemic.
  • Mucormycosis or black fungus is a complication caused by a fungal infection.
  • People catch mucormycosis by coming in contact with the fungal spores in the environment.
  • The disease is being detected among patients who are recovering or have recovered from covid-19.