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White fungus

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White fungus:


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.


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.


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.