Green Fungus Infection Found in India's Covid-19 Survivors

UMMATIMES - A 34 year old man in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India was diagnosed with the country's first case of infection named 'green fungus'. The man is currently being flown to a hospital in Mumbai for treatment.

He had previously been exposed to Covid-19 but was declared cured. On Monday, he was immediately admitted to Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai after his test results showed the presence of a green fungus also known as Aspergillosis.

"The man suspected of having a black fungus infection underwent tests, after which it was found that he had a green fungal infection in his sinuses, lungs and blood," said Ravi Dosi, head of the Department of Chest Diseases of the Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences. (18/6).

He added that the patient had recovered from Covid-19. However, he only started having nosebleeds and a high fever after that. The patient's body also became very weak and experienced weight loss.

"When he was diagnosed, he found green fungus in his lungs which was different from black fungus. This is probably the first case of green fungus in the country," said the District Data Manager in Indore, reported by the ANI news agency.

Aspergillosis is a fungal infection caused by Aspergillus, a common fungus that can be found both indoors and outdoors. Most people can inhale Aspergillus spores without becoming sick.

Although there are 180 species of Aspergillus, only about 40 are known to cause infection in humans. The most common cause of human Aspergillus is Aspergillus fumigatus.

Green fungus is a new infection among previously known cases of black, white and yellow fungus. Randeep Guleria, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, told the media last month that it was better to use the medical name of the infection rather than the color of the fungus to avoid confusion.