1 more black fungus case detected in Jammu, govt issues SoPs

Jammu: Another black fungus cases detected in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H)   Jammu region on Saturday, prompting the government to issue advisory for the prevention of the fungus.

According to sources, so far only two cases of black fungus have been reported in Jammu.

“One died on Friday. The other patient is 52 years old and he is a resident of Jammu. After testing, it was found that he is infected by black fungus. But the said patient did not get his treatment in Government Medical College Jammu. He took leave on request,” they said.

Meanwhile, the government has issued an advisory for the prevention of Black Fungus in Union Territory.

As per the advisory, the symptoms during/after Covid-19 include stuffy nose or brown nasal discharge, facial pain and swelling, toothache, loose tooth, redness pain or swelling of the eye, fever-shortness of breath, coughing headache, altered sensorium, double or blurred vision and bloody vomits.

The advisory also mentions people who are at risk which include people with uncontrolled diabetes, with co-morbidities (Post-Transplant/Malignancy), on long-standing oxygen therapy during Covid treatment and treated for Covid-19 with steroids/immunomodulators.

The government has also in its advisory have asked patients to control hyperglycemia, monitor blood glucose level post-Covid-19 discharge in public diabetics patient, use steroid judiciously, use clean sterile water for humidifiers during oxygen therapy and use of antibiotics and antifungal judiciously.

The government in an advisory has also urged people not to miss warning any warning signs and symptom. Meanwhile, experts have warned against irrational use of steroid in Covid-19 patients, same water for multiple o2 supply


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