Rise in Black fungus cases in West Bengal.

Mucormycosis: The 'black fungus' (Source of image: The BBC) With one more confirmed case at the SSKM hospital in Kolkata, the number of ‘Black Fungus’ or Mucormycosis cases rose to 24 on May 30. However, there have been no new reports on deaths because of the infection and the death count remains at three. Suspected to be a Black fungus case, they reported 4 people to Swasthya Bhawan on May 30 and are yet to undergo confirmatory tests. Two of them were from SSKM Hospital, Kolkata while one each is from Birbhum and Uttar Dinajpur. On May 14, for the first time, they reported four cases of black fungus in the state. All four patients were from Bihar and Jharkhand, who came to West Bengal for medical help. These patients were Covid-recovered that had undergone treatment in their respective states. The first confirmed case of Black Fungus from West Bengal itself came to light on May 22, when a 62-year-old got detected with the infection post-Covid-19 from a private hospital. On the same day, they reported two more cases from Bankura Sammilani Medical College (BSMCH). After which, within eight days, 21 cases had got confirmed. According to health department sources, 5 cases confirmed on May 29, including three from the Command Hospital. Director of health services, Ajay Chakraborty, informed, "We got the report of one recent case from SSKM Hospital on Sunday taking the cumulative count of the mucormycosis affected to 24 in the state. We also got the report of four more new suspected cases from three hospitals, taking the number of suspected cases to 33. No further death and hence the toll remains three." With the rise in mucormycosis cases in other states of India, the government of Bengal formed an expert committee. The health department identified SSKM Hospital to be the nodal center for treating black fungus while they made BSMC and North Bengal Medical College the regional facilities.

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