Trace source of Black Fungus infection, Karnataka DyCM tells experts
Considering the surge in Black Fungus (mucormycosis) in the state, Deputy CM and state Covid task force head Dr CN Ashwath Narayan has directed the treatment protocol committee to trace the source of the infection.
At a committee meeting on Sunday, he noted that the entire country used to record about 100 cases of Black Fungus in a year earlier, but in the last week itself Karnataka has recorded about 700 cases.
Committee members felt the reasons could be contamination either due to low-quality cylinders or low-quality piping system, or contamination at the industry level from where the oxygen is being supplied due to improper sterilization, or the use of ordinary tap water in ventilators.
Dr Sampath Chandra Prasad Rao, ENT surgeon, Manipal Hospital (Bengaluru) made a presentation on mucormycosis. Jawaid Akhtar, ACS (Health), Covid treatment protocol committee chairman Dr Sachchidananda and members Dr Ravi, Dr Shashibhushan, Dr Vishal Rao and Dr Ambica were present.