Assam declares Black Fungus as notifiable disease under Epidemic Diseases Act 


The Assam Government, on Tuesday, announced Mucormycosis or the Black Fungus infection, as a notifiable disease under Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1807. 

The decision was taken by the Health and Family Welfare Department amid a rampaging surge in COVID-19 cases. 

Mucormycosis or the Black Fungus infection has widely been detected in Assam as well as various other parts of India. Besides, the infection is said to have a significant risk of mortality, and health experts have further analysed that the number of Black Fungus cases is likely to spread in the near future. 

Furthermore, a notifiable disease is any disease required by law to be informed to the government authorities. The collation of information allows the authorities to monitor the disease and provides early warning of possible outbreaks. Diseases like cholera, tuberculosis, Diptheria, and many others, come under the notifiable diseases in India. 

"All Government and Private Health Facilities, Medical colleges will follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis, and the management of Mucormycosis, issued by the Ministry of Health and FW, Govt of India, and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)," an official statement said. 

"It is hereby made mandatory, for all the health facilities, both Govt and private and Medical Colleges to report all suspected and confirmed cases to the Health and FW Department at the district level via concerned Joint Director of Health Services and subsequently to IDSP (Integrated Disease Surveillance Project) surveillance system," the statement added.

(Edited by Ridhika Joshi)

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