2nd green fungus case in Jalandhar in 3 days

43-year-old was diagnosed post-Covid

2nd green fungus case in Jalandhar in 3 days

Ajay Joshi

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 22

In less than a week, Punjab reported its second case of green fungus. A 43-year-old patient, who had recovered from Covid on June 3, was diagnosed with the disease on Monday.

A resident of Rehru village, the patient had tested positive for Covid in May and recovered on June 3. Complaining of constant cough, low-grade fever and blood in sputum, he was re-admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital at Maqsoodan on June 14.

While the patient is stable and taking treatment for green fungus, also known as aspergillosis, Dr Ashutosh Dhanuka, consultant and pulmonologist, Critical Care Centre, Sacred Heart Hospital, said, “The patient was earlier hospitalised after testing Covid positve. He had stayed in the hospital for 16 days after which he was discharged. However, the patient again visited the hospital for persistent cough and fever. Since, the patient was a follow-up case of severe coronavirus infection, a series of medical investigations like bronchoscopy and microbial cultures were performed. The patient was found positive for green fungus. The patient isn’t on life support but taking into account the seriousness of the disease, he is under strict monitoring”.

After a 61-year-old patient was diagnosed with green fungus on June 19 at the hospital, this is the second case reported after three days.

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