12 Black Fungus deaths in J&K in 6 weeks

40% mortality recorded among Covid19 patients
12 Black Fungus deaths in J&K in 6 weeks
Health workers and volunteers carry body of a patient who died of COVID-19 in Srinagar. [Image used for representational purpose only]File Photo: Aman Farooq for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: In the past six weeks, 12 people have died of Mucormycosis - commonly known as Black Fungus - in J&K, official data has revealed. The fatality percentage of the fungal infection among COVID19 patients has been recorded as over 40 percent.

As per the recent data of J&K Health and Medical Education Department, 42 people have been registered for treatment of Black Fungus in J&K since May 24, when the disease was declared an epidemic. Among these, 12 people, who had been diagnosed with both COVID19 and Black Fungus infections, have died in the past six weeks. The mortality of Black Fungus is 41 percent as per the official data of the department.

Jammu district has suffered the worst due to the fungus with six deaths. In Jammu division, 11 people have lost the battle with the fungal infection – six in Jammu district, three in Kathua, one each in Poonch and Rajouri. Kashmir division has recorded one Black Fungus fatality in district Srinagar. In Kashmir, six cases have been confirmed in Srinagar district and two in Anantnag district. 22 cases have been confirmed in the Jammu division.

Currently there are 12 people who are being treated for Mucormycosis but yet to be confirmed through microbiological and other investigations, while 30 have been confirmed. Mucomycetes is a class of fungus usually found in soil and surfaces. These fungi are responsible for decay of organic matter and do not usually cause disease. However, these have been seen to be extremely lethal in people with diabetes and now in people who are either suffering from infection of SARS-CoV2 or have recovered from it.

Two people have been discharged after successful treatment of Black Fungus, both from district Udhampur. Currently, 28 people are under treatment for this disease across the UT.

Additional Chief Secretary to J&K Government, Atal Dulloo said all the hospitals have been well equipped with Liposomal Amphotericin B and other medicines required for treating the fungal infection and reducing deaths.

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