State declared black fungus as pandemic

In view of the increasing cases of Black Fungus (Mucoramycosis) infection, the Central Government has asked the states to declare it an epidemic under the Pandemic Diseases Act, 1897. States such as Haryana and Rajasthan have already declared it an epidemic, while Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Punjab declared it epidemic on Thursday. 

 A senior health ministry official said that after the epidemic was declared, all private and government hospitals would have to investigate and report black fungal infection as per the guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). This will bring uniformity in the investigation of black fungus infection and due to its early detection, complete treatment will be possible