India is already dealing with cases of Mucormycosis, commonly known as Black Fungus. Multiple cases and deaths related to it have been reported in different parts of the county. Now, a new hurdle stands in front of the medical fraternity as cases of White Fungus have been seen in Bihar.
How dangerous is White Fungus?
According to experts, white fungus infections are more dangerous than black fungus due to the acute effect on the lungs and other areas of the body, including nails, skin, abdomen, kidney, brain, private parts, and mouth area.
Who are in danger from ?
Dr. Singh told India TV that patients with low immunity, diabetes, patients who have AIDS, and people who have undergone kidney transplantation are more likely to have the disease. He also mentioned that negligence while using air cylinders for COVID 19 patients can force them into danger.
“People use tap water in the humidifier connected to the air cylinder. Plain tap water may contain the Fungus that can be an origin of chest infection in the person on oxygen support, Dr. Singh said.
Additionally, it also infects children and females, and in line with the physicians, it is the critical reason for Leucorrhoea.
Symptoms and diagnosis
The particular symptoms of ‘white fungus’ resemble COVID, and the infection can be diagnosed through a CT scan or X-ray.
How to avoid
While not much is divulged, doctors suggest White Fungus infection can be prevented by sanitizing the air or ventilator properly and taking proper care of the medical equipment used on the patients. Meanwhile, today, the Health Ministry asked to declare Mucormycosis or ‘Black Fungus’ an epidemic. In a letter, Wellness Ministry Joint Admin Lav Agarwal questioned the states to place the fatal illness under the Pandemic Diseases Act.
Does white fungus is more dangerous than mucormycosis /black fungus?
Medical experts say that ‘white fungus’ is more deadly than mucormycosis as it affects other organs of the body besides the lungs. Four patients have been diagnosed with ‘white fungus’ in Patna, the capital of Bihar. Dr. SN Singh, head of the Department of Microbiology of Patna Medical College and Hospital, told India TV that there might be more cases of fungus.