A new fungal disease “green mold” has been registered for the first time in the city of Indore, India, in a patient who had contracted the coronavirus. This was reported Thursday, June 17, by the Hindustan Times, citing a Madhya Pradesh health department official. The disease was recorded on the background of previously identified “black,” “white” and “yellow mold.
According to the paper, the 34-year-old man was in hospital in Indore for a month and a half, where he was admitted with 90% lung damage from COVID-19 infection. The patient was treated for the coronavirus but soon returned to fever and nosebleeds. Then the doctors discovered he had green mold. It is a variant of aspergillosis infection, a fungal disease in the maxillary sinuses, lungs and blood. The patient has now been taken to a hospital in Mumbai for treatment.
“During diagnosis, a fungus was found in his lungs that is different from mucormycosis, or black fungus. This may be the first case of green fungus in the country,” said Apoorva Tiwari, a spokeswoman for the state health department.
The publication reports that people can contract the aspergillosis infection by breathing in microscopic spores from the environment. People with other lung diseases, including tuberculosis or chronic diseases, and those with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible. However, unlike other infections, aspergillosis is not contagious.