270 Cases Of Black Fungus Reported In Pune

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Pune, 15th May 2021: As many as 270 cases of Mucormycosis, also known as black fungal infection, have been reported in the Pune district. A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been framed for the patient management in hospital premises told the officials on Friday. Adding that provision for more beds will be made as and when the need arises.

Mucormycosis, which is caused by a black fungus called mucor, has been on the rise all over the country. Its symptoms include headache, fever, pain under the eyes, nasal or sinus congestion, and partial loss of vision. This infection is being detected in Covid-19 recovered and recovering patients and for diabetic patients, the chances of getting the infection are even higher. This infection came into focus during the Covid-19 pandemic. Experts believe For a rare disease like Mucormycosis, the number is very big.

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Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has issued guidelines to doctors on the steps to follow in preventing fungal infection. SOP has been framed in the Pune district for treating patients, which contains details about clinical management, treatment protocols, patient management, surgical intervention and medication.

Saurabh Rao, Divisional Commissioner, Pune division, said so far around 270 cases have been reported in various hospitals in the district.

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“Our divisional task force member Dr Bharat Purandare has come up with detailed SOPs for the management of Mucormycosis. The SOPs have been vetted by the task force,” he said.

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