Another Suspected Black Fungus Death In J&K, Toll 2

Doctors perform a Diagnostic Nasal Endoscopy (DNE) on a patient to detect Black Fungus at a hospital in MP | PTI file photo

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday reported another death believed to have been caused by black fungus even as eight more suspected mucormycosis cases have been reported from the Union Territory, officials said Wednesday.

A senior health official said that there are eight “strong suspected” cases of black fungus popularly known as Mucormycosis admitted in J&K hospital, however, final confirmation is yet to come.

“The suspected cases include three from Kuthua, two from Jammu and one each from Reasi and Udhmapur in Jammu division and one from Srinagar in Kashmir division,” the official said.

He said that a person who was a suspected case of black fungus died on Wednesday. The victim is said to be a resident of Kathua

On Friday last, a 40-year-old man succumbed to mucormycosis at the GMC here, marking the union territory’s first death due to the fungal infection.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday declared mucormycosis an epidemic, making it mandatory for all government and private health facilities and medical colleges to report suspected and confirmed cases to the health department through district-level officers and Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP). (With agency inputs)

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