The Indian states of Rajasthan and Telangana have declared an epidemic of mucormycosis, a fungal disease better known as “black mold,” which most often affects those who have contracted the coronavirus. The Indian Express reported this on Thursday, May 20.
The epidemic was first reported in the state of Rajasthan. The notification was signed by the state’s chief health minister Akhil Aroroy.
There are now about 100 black mold patients there, and a special ward has been set up at Sawai Man Singh Hospital to treat them. Most of the patients were living in the Jaipur city area.
Following Rajasthan, the epidemic was declared by Srinivasa Rao, head of the Telangana state health department. All public and private health facilities must report suspected and confirmed cases to the health department.
An outbreak of black mold was reported in India earlier this month. Mucormycosis is most often detected in COVID-19 patients and those who have recently recovered.
However, local media reported that several patients had already died from the disease.