Srinagar, May 24, KDC: The Jammu & Kashmir administration on Monday declared Mucormycosis (black fungus) as an epidemic disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act- 1897.
In this regard a notification was issued by the Health and Medical Education Department of UT by orders of Lt Governor declaring black fungus as an epidemic disease.
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 2 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 (Act No 3 of 1897) the LG of J&K UT hereby declared Black Fungus as an epidemic disease.
The move comes days after the Government of India directed the states and Union territories to make black fungus a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act.
Jammu and Kashmir reported its first death due to black fungus on Friday after a 40-year-old Covid-19 recovered patient died of mucormycosis at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Jammu.
According to HOD of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Government Dental College Srinagar, GDC Srinagar, one case of mucormycosis was successfully operated in the institution in Nov 2020 and another ‘strong suspect case’ is admitted in there. (KDC)