All You Need To Know About White Fungus, New Infection Detected In Patients

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About White Fungus: A total of four cases of White Fungus infection have been reportedly detected so far. All these cases were reported from Patna and one of the patients with the infection is a well-known doctor of the city.

These cases of new kind of infection came after India reported many cases of Black Fungus infection. It is also known as Mucormycosis. According to reports, health experts have said that the White Fungus can be more dangerous than the black fungus. A former shooting coach of India named Monali Gorhe is one of the people who passed away due to the complications of Black Fungus infection.

Since the white fungus cases were recently detected, there is not enough medical information of the same.

Here is what we know about White Fungus:

Some of the symptoms of the infections according to health experts can be seen in body parts:

  • Stomach
  • Kidney
  • Private Parts
  • Nails
  • Mouth

A lung infection similar to the one detected in COVID-19 positive patients were spotted when White Fungus infected patients went through High-resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) test.

Dr Sanjeev Kumar, Nodal Officer for COVID-19 at All India Institute of Medical Sciences Patna, said, “There is no evidence of the white fungus so far. There is evidence for the cases reportedly detected. There is no information about the infected patients. What is their biopsy report? Where are they admitted?”

He said there is no proper evidence of White Fungus infection so far in India.

The Black Fungus or Mucormycosis:

This particular fungus has been infecting many individuals in India. So much so that Telangana state declared it as a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act.

This type of infection is caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said that this fungus lives in decaying living organisms such as rotten wood, soil, leaves, compost pit.

Common symptoms found in patients are: Nasal congestion, pain in the eyes, facial pain, bloody vomits, altered mental state, black crust in the nose and swelled cheeks or eyes.

So far the doctors have been giving Rs 3,500 per dose injection which works as an anti-fungal medication.

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