Fungal Disease – A rising problem in India

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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In India, major fungal diseases impact nearly 5.7 crore people, 10% of whom have potentially fatal mould infections, according to an analysis of more than 400 published research studies.In India, fungus is a common disease, but its incidence and prevalence are unknown. The prevalence or severity of several fungal infections in the nation are being described for the first time in this review. 57,250,826 people, or about 5.7 crore, or 4.4% of India’s population, are predicted to be affected, according to research from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, AIIMS Kalyani in West Bengal, PGIMER in Chandigarh, and The University of Manchester in the UK.

According to the primary author of the paper, Animesh Ray of AIIMS Delhi, “The entire burden attributable to fungal diseases is substantial but undervalued.” While less than three million Indians contract tuberculosis each year, Ray claimed that figure is several times greater for fungal diseases. Around 2.4 crore women of reproductive age experienced vaginal thrush, or vaginal yeast infection, with repeated assaults, according to the review, which was published in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases.Similar numbers of children of school age suffered from tinea capitis, a type of fungal infection of the hair. According to the study, it results in a painfully infected scalp and causes hair loss in many people.

According to the primary author of the paper, Animesh Ray of AIIMS Delhi, “The entire burden attributable to fungal diseases is substantial but undervalued.” While less than three million Indians contract tuberculosis each year, Ray claimed that figure is several times greater for fungal diseases. Around 2.4 crore women of reproductive age experienced vaginal thrush, or vaginal yeast infection, with repeated assaults, according to the review, which was published in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases.Similar numbers of children of school age suffered from tinea capitis, a type of fungal infection of the hair. According to the study, it results in a painfully infected scalp and causes hair loss in many people.

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