Case infected with killer plant fungus found in Kolkata: This is the first case in the world
Case infected with killer plant fungus found in Kolkata: This is the first case in the world; the patient is a plant mycologist
A 61-year-old man in Kolkata contracted the disease from the plant. The name of this disease is killer plant fungus. This is the first case in the world of a person being infected with the killer plant fungus. The infected patient is a plant mycologist. He spent a lot of time working on decaying materials, mushrooms and different algae.
CT scan of this patient revealed infection. This fungus usually affects plants. Follow-up was done two years after the treatment and the patient was completely healthy.
According to the researchers, this is the first case in the world to prove that plant infections can be transmitted to humans through close contact with the fungus.
The reports of the doctors associated with this case study have been published in Medical Mycology Case Reports. It states that the infected person was in a hospital in Kolkata. He suffered from cough, fatigue and difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness of voice, and sore throat for three months.
Patients infected with killer plant fungus usually show symptoms such as hoarseness of voice, sore throat, fatigue and difficulty in swallowing food. When the doctors examined the patient, it came to light that there was an abscess in the patient's neck. This boil was removed after investigation. To test it, a sample was sent to the Sahyog Center for Reference and Research on Fungi of Medical Importance.
Here the doctors told that the infected patient did not have any disease like diabetes, kidney or HIV. The patient was given a course of antifungal medication. After two years of long treatment, the patient was completely cured.
The plant Chondrosterium purpureum is a fungus. This causes silver leaf disease in plants. This disease occurs especially in rose plants. This is the first case of the disease in humans from this plant.
The report states that conventional techniques of microscopy and culture have failed to identify the fungus. This uncommon disease can only be identified through sequencing.