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All you need to know about Aspergillus Lentulus - A New Fungal Infection

At a time when the novel coronavirus disease is witnessing a downward trend, a new fungus called Aspergillus lentulus was detected in two patients in Delhi.

All you need to know about Aspergillus Lentulus - A New Fungal Infection
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At a time when the novel coronavirus disease is witnessing a downward trend, a new fungus called Aspergillus lentulus was detected in two patients in Delhi.

According to reports, two patients suffering a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) died due to the presence of a drug-resistant fungus called Aspergillus lentulus during the treatment at AIIMS in Delhi.

COPD is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult. Of the two patients, one in his late 50s and the other in his early 40s.

Here is all you need to know about Aspergillus lentulus:

What is Aspergillus Lentulus?

Aspergillosis is a fungal infection caused by Aspergillus, a common mould that lives indoors and outdoors. Most people breathe in Aspergillus spores every day without getting sick.

This is a serious infection that typically affects the lungs and has a high fatality rate. There are different types of aspergillosis. Some types are mild, but some of them are very serious.

What are its symptoms?

The signs and symptoms of aspergillosis vary with the type of illness you develop. But here are typical symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

Who is likely to get detected with this fungal infection?

People with compromised immune systems or lung disorders, on the other hand, are more susceptible to Aspergillus-related health concerns. Aspergillosis is not contagious from person to person.

The factors that make you more vulnerable to the infection are: weakened immune system, low white blood cell level, lung cavities, asthma or cystic fibrosis and long-term corticosteroid therapy.

Since this is the first time such cases have been reported in India, experts have urged caution.

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