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India reports first case of green fungus infection

A Covid survivor in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh has been infected with ‘Green Fungus’ – possibly the first such reported case in the country, a senior doctor told reporters.

‘Green Fungus’ is the newest infection to join earlier reported cases of the black, white, and yellow fungus even after the Director of All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Randeep Guleria warned against creating “confusion” with fungus colors last month, Report informs, citing NDTV.

The newest disease is an Aspergillosis infection, and more research was needed on the fungus, Dr. Ravi Dosi, the head of the Department of Chest Diseases at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS) in Indore said.

Aspergillosis is a relatively uncommon infection and affects the lungs.

The 34-year-old patient, who battled Covid for two months before experiencing severe nosebleeds and fever, was suspected to have contracted the deadly Black Fungus or mucormycosis.

However, after tests, it was found that he has contracted ‘Green Fungus’ – an infection that had earlier been seen only as a “junior partner” in other cases, Dr. Dosi said.

He added that the fungus, that is acting as an aggressor in possibly the first reported case in the country, has affected the patient’s lungs, sinuses and blood.

The doctor added that the medication for ‘Green Fungus’ is different from Black Fungus. He also added that ‘color coding’ of the various types of viruses must be done.

AIIMS Delhi chief Dr. Guleria had last month warned against the “confusion” created by giving fungal infections different colors based on how they infected the body after reports emerged of the first case of ‘Yellow Fungus’ in the country.

“Naming the same fungus based on its colors, depending on the area of infection, creates confusion,” he said.

Black Fungus – the first of the colored infections to be reported – is rare but is potentially fatal and has been declared an epidemic.

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