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Black fungus overshadows covid worries in JK

Black fungus overshadows covid worries in JK
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9 patients operated in Jammu, JK records 1448 fresh covid-19 cases, 25 deaths

Jammu: Nine patients have been operated for black fungus or mucormycosis in the Government Medical College and hospital here during the past 10 days, officials said on Saturday. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir reported 1448 fresh covid-19 cases, lowest single day tally in almost 50 days, even as 25 more people succumbed to virus during the last 24 hours, officials said.
Various surgical procedures like endoscopic approach, open and combined approach were done to treat such patients by the department of ENT and head neck surgery, they said.
According to specialists, who managed patients with black fungus at the hospital, it was tracked down that the greater part of these cases was found in Covid recovered patients.
They said that with a prolonged high dose of steroids given during Covid treatment, the fungus effectively enters the body through the nose of patients with comorbidities like diabetes, malignancy and low immunity.
The fungus later contaminates the eyes and brain, making the patient lose sight or life, the specialists said.
However, they said the patients are responding to the treatment positively after their surgeries.
The principal of GMC, when contacted, said, “We have only one confirmed case of black fungus death so far, while several others, both confirmed and suspected cases, are undergoing treatment at the hospital.”
Jammu and Kashmir recorded the first black fungus death on May 21 when a 40-year-old patient died within hours of his admission at the hospital.
Three days later, the Jammu and Kashmir administration 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 the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP).
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir reported 1448 fresh covid-19 cases, lowest single day tally in almost 50 days, even as 25 more people succumbed to virus in last 24 hours, officials said.
They said while 453 cases were reported in Jammu Division, 995 were from Kashmir, taking the overall tally to 292360. It was lowest single-day spike in 49 days as 1145 cases were reported on April 17.
Regarding the COVID-19 deaths, they said, 13 were reported from Jammu Division and 12 from Kashmir Valley, taking the fatality count to 3939.
Providing district wise details, the officials said that Srinagar reported 222 cases, Baramulla 140, Budgam 136, Pulwama 107, Kupwara 125, Anantnag 95, Bandipora 43, Ganderbal 54, Kulgam 59, Shopian 14, Jammu 106, Udhampur 28, Rajouri 80, Doda 51, Kathua 39, Samba 11, Kishtwar 28, Poonch 59, Ramban 33 and Reasi 18.
Moreover, they said, 2615 more COVID-19 patients have recovered—842 from Jammu Division and 1773 from Kashmir, leaving the total covid-19 active cases to 33276 in J&K—12229 in Jammu and 21047 in Kashmir.
They said, one new confirmed case of mucormycosis was reported today, bringing the cumulative number of confirmed cases to 15 in the UT. (with inputs from PTI)


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