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White fungus

Topics Covered: Issues related to health.

White fungus:


Context:

Four cases of ‘white fungus’ or ‘candidiasis’ have been detected in Patna, Bihar.

What is While Fungus and What are its symptoms?

  • This infection can be caused due to low immunity or if people come in contact with things that contain these moulds like water, etc.
  • Patients of white fungus show Covid-like symptoms but test negative; the infection can be diagnosed through CT-Scan or X-ray.
  • The exact cause is unknown yet.

Effects:

White fungus can affect not just the lungs but also other parts of the body including “nails, skin, stomach, kidney, brain, private parts and mouth.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. Differences between Black fungus and white fungus.
  2. Causes and symptoms.
  3. Treatment.

Mains Link:

Discuss why the centre has asked states to notify black fungus as epidemic.

Sources: Indian Express.