Can black fungus spread through farm chickens? Here's what govt has to say

The claim that a mucormycosis-infected chicken can spread it to humans is scientifically baseless

Every in the world of social media we fall prey to fake news. Now in a same manner a news has been circulating all-round the internet that claims that deadly forest fungus spread through farm chickens.


Now, these has been confirmed by several health experts that black fungus or mucormycosis is not contagious, i.e. it cannot spread from contact between humans or animals.


According to the experts include All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) director Randeep Guleria, Dr Aparna Mukherjee, senior scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR); Dr MR Reddy, principal scientist at ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute; and Dr Suneetha Narreddy, senior consultant, infectious diseases at Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad clarified that the infection would spread from chickens to humans.


As the infection started spreading among Covid patients, people become conscious. According to expert people are mostly infected by inhaling it through their noses and it is a drop in immunity that normally triggers cases of mucormycosis.


Also there has been no study so far to prove that a person who consumes an infected chicken would also catch the infection. No such case has come to our notice yet. The claim that a mucormycosis-infected chicken can spread it to humans is scientifically baseless.


Let’s see who should be careful for black fungus: patients with uncontrolled diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis, and diabetics on steroids or tocilizumab, patients on immune-suppressants or anti-cancer treatment, and patients with chronic incapacitating illness, patients on high dose steroids and or long duration of steroids or tocilizumab, severe Covid cases patient, patients on oxygen support – nasal springs, by mask, or on a ventilator.

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