Amaravati: The total number of Mucormycosis (Black Fungus) cases in Andhra Pradesh reached close to 2,000 mark on Wednesday. The state so far has registered 1,955 cases of Black Fungus, out of which 1,301 are active. Principal Secretary (Health) Anil Kumar Singhal talking to the press said, that 114 persons had died so far of Black Fungus, including five in the last 24 hours. He also said, “So far 654 patients had recovered from Black Fungus. The remaining are undergoing treatment in various hospitals.” The state has also been provided with an adequate number of Posaconazole injections and tablets available, which is used in treating people suffering from Mucormycosis.
Singhal also said that the state had received another 7,000 doses of Liposomal Amphotericin-B injections from the Centre on Tuesday night, and they were dispatched proportionately to the districts. He also added that, so far, the state got 18,000 doses of Amphotericin-B injections from the Centre. India till Monday had registered 28,252 cases of Mucormycosis. Union Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan said that out of all the cases, 86 per cent had a history of COVID-19 infection and 62.3 per cent had a history of diabetes. Maharashtra has the highest number of Mucormycosis cases in the country with 6,339 cases, followed by Gujarat with 5,846 cases.
Black Fungus a disease which is caused due to a weak immune system became an outbreak in India. This majorly happened due to the overuse of steroids on patients being treated for the coronavirus. The COVID-19 virus that weakens the immune system and responds to a foreign virus or bacteria leaves the body vulnerable to the Black Fungus. Over that, if a person has been administered a large number of steroids, it makes the body prone to catch the fungus. People who already have diabetes, are also prone to Mucormycosis.
(With inputs from PTI)