An Indian man has contracted a fungal plant infection for the first time in the world

The mycologist was infected with the fungus Chondrostereum purpureum, the same fungus that causes silver leaf on plants.

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A 61-year-old man from India became the first person in the world to contract a fungal plant infection. The infection has worried experts. However, scientists assure the public that the pandemic, as in the popular series Our last there is no danger. Effective human-to-human transmission has not yet been confirmed. Job document appeared Science Direct at Science Database.

The man recovered, the infection surprised the scientist

Milli.Az reports with reference to The Telegraph that an unnamed mycologist delivered A man in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata was rushed to hospital after three months of struggling with a hoarse voice, cough, fatigue and difficulty swallowing. Examinations showed that the man had a paratracheal abscess (next to the trachea) in his throat. Doctors sent samples of the pus for analysis, which revealed an infection with purple horsetail (Chondrostereum purpureum), a fungus that causes rot that appears as silvery leaves on plants.

It is believed that the man came into contact with the fungus while conducting research as part of his work, which involves long-term contact with decaying plants and fungi. The man took anti-fungal medication for two months and made a full recovery. However, the infection alarmed experts because they had not yet assumed that fungal spores on plants could infect humans.

This topic is currently being discussed by the general public regarding popular TV series Our last, the human infection is caused by parasitic Cordyceps fungi that alter the host’s mind and behavior. Cordyceps really exists, for example, it can be found in Nepal, China, Japan or Thailand. But in real life it attacks the ants, essentially turning them into zombies.

However, scientists assure that nothing similar can happen with the dam. According to One Health Trust president Ramanan Laxminarayan, there is no effective human-to-human transmission.

Despite this, there are millions of fungal infections, scientists have identified about fifteen thousand of them so far. Currently, only a few of them can live in the human body, for example, cryptococcus or roundworm. They can cause pneumonia-like symptoms. Fungal infections may pose a greater risk to humans in the future as they become more resistant to drugs and rising temperatures caused by climate change.

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