Around 5,500 people have been affected by the deadly black fungus or mucormycosis across the country and has killed 126 of them. Maharashtra alone accounting for 90 deaths— even as many states are facing an acute shortage of liposomal amphotericin B, the anti-fungal drug that is required to treat the disease, which is increasingly being seen in Covid-19 patients. With 14 mucormycosis deaths, Haryana’s casualties are the second highest in the country after Maharashtra. Uttar Pradesh has recorded eight deaths, all of them in Lucknow. The figures for the rest of the state are not available. Jharkhand has recorded four deaths while two deaths each have been reported from Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Bihar, Assam, Odisha and Goa have reported one death each. Some states, however, said they have not collated data on mucormycosis cases and deaths yet.
May 21, 2021, 10:51AM ISTSource: TOI.in