A woman stands outside as a patient infected with black fungus is treated at the Mucormycosis ward of a government hospital in Hyderabad (AP)
NEW DELHI: The Centre has asked states and UTs to make mucormycosis a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 as cases are increasing rapidly across the country. Some states including Rajasthan and Telangana have already made it a notifiable disease.
A notifiable disease means the government has to be mandatorily informed about all cases. This will enable it to collect data, analyse the surge and initiate policy as well as clinical measures to tackle the issue. Apart from Covid-19, tuberculosis, cholera and diphtheria are among the other notifiable diseases in the country. The ministry has also asked all government and private health facilities, medical colleges to follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis, management of mucormycosis, issued by the ministry and ICMR.