Following the surge in black fungus cases, now 'white fungus' cases have been recorded in India
Although black fungus-induced post-COVID problems continue to be a problem, medical experts are perplexed by a new challenge. According to news, new cases of 'white fungus' infection have been reported in Bihar, which health experts say is much worse than the black fungus threat.
Following the ascending of coronavirus cases going on in India, several cases attributed to the black fungus infection, or mucomycortisis, which is believed to have a high fatality rate, have also emerged. Several confirmed cases have been recorded across the nation, prompting speculation that this is the latest endemic to emerge.
Despite the fact that black fungus-fueled post-COVID complications remain a concern, medical experts are baffled by a new threat. The New cases of 'white fungus' infection have been traced in Bihar, according to reports, which health experts believe is much worse than the black fungus threat.
Here's what we've seen so far
In Bihar, which is currently dealing with a catastrophic COVID-19 outbreak, four cases of - white fungal - infection have been reported. One of the victims is a specialist who was operating on the front lines.
Although there is no evidence that the white fungus outbreak is spreading to other nations, medical authorities agree that the white fungus, like the virulent virus, is more harmful than the black fungus.
But there isn't a lot of evidence on what renders this latest infection more severe. That being said, doctors have issued a warning saying that the white fungus infection, unlike the black fungus, spreads more rapidly to essential organs such as the lungs, liver, intestines, stomach, private sections, and even the nails, causing widespread infection.
It is well recognized that the black fungus infection has a high mortality rate. It's unclear if the white fungus is just as deadly.
Signs and symptoms
Furthermore, it's essential to be aware of symptoms and that of any warning signals as soon as possible. Based on what is observed, white fungus infection could affect the body's vital functions, as opposed to black fungus, which only affects the sinuses and lungs.
It was also found that all four patients with white fungus infection had COVID-like signs but were negative for the virus.
Medical specialists have also indicated that, due to how serious COVID-19 cases need additional tests, tracing the white fungus infection may require a test similar to the HRCT scan.
And as to the black fungus virus, people with poor immunity, those with pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma, and/or those who use steroids are at the greatest risk of contracting the disease. Those that need a lot of oxygen are also at risk.
According to records, the white fungus infection can be dangerous for pregnant women and infants. Since moulds may be directly inhaled by a suspected patient, proper attention should be placed on sanitization and washing of equipment, as well as the climate.