Last of Us in reality: a man first became infected with a fungus that affects plants

A 61-year-old Indian farmer is reported to have contracted a rare fungal disease called "milky sheen". This

disease of fruit trees (apple, pear, plum,cherries, apricots, etc.), characterized by the fact that the leaves or individual affected branches acquire a milky color with a pearly sheen. It is caused by Stereum purpureum or stereoum purple.

According to a report published in the journalMedical Mycology Case Reports, a 61-year-old patient from the eastern region of India sought medical attention with flu-like symptoms. These included sore throat, cough, and difficulty swallowing. These symptoms tormented the man for several months. X-ray and computed tomography did not reveal any anomalies. However, CT of the neck showed purulent inflammation of the trachea.

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Subsequent analysis made it possible to identifyThe cause of the disease is the fungus Chondrostereum purpureum. Previously, not a single case of human infection with this fungus was recorded in the world. The doctors who treated the patient shared the case file with the World Health Organization (WHO). According to a Daily Mail report, the researchers claimed that this was the first recorded case of human infection with a plant fungus. The patient received two courses of antifungal drugs over two months, and the pus was sent to a WHO collaborating facility in northern India for testing. Experts noted that only a few of the millions of fungi today can infect humans and animals.

The doctors who treated the man said that hethe case "raises serious questions" about the ability of plant pathogens to cause disease in healthy humans and animals. Professor Elaine Bignell of the MRC Center for Medical Mycology said the patient may have a genetic immunodeficiency that was not previously known. He may have been exposed to an incredibly large number of spores in the course of his work.

According to the WHO, there are 19 fungi that threaten public health, among them Candida, Cryptococcosis neoformans, Aspergillus fumigatus and Candida auris.

As the planet heats up due to changeclimate, there are fears that known and unknown fungi could become a potential threat as they learn to survive on a hotter planet. More research is needed to understand how these fungi may affect humans and animals.

The Last of Us - Americanpost-apocalyptic HBO television series. It is based on the video game The Last of Us, which was developed in 2013 by Naughty Dog. It tells the story of smuggler Joel (actor Pedro Pascal) who accompanies a teenage girl Ellie (actress Bella Ramsay) across the United States in a post-apocalyptic setting.

According to the plot, the pandemic begins in 2003a fungal infection that turns people into bloodthirsty monsters. With the onset of the outbreak, Joel and his daughter Sarah flee the city, but the girl is killed by soldiers. Twenty years later, the fungus struck the whole world.

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