May 24, 2021

Black fungus in SL since 2019 - MRI Featured

The Sri Lanka Medical Research Institute (MRI) says the black fungus has been reported in Sri Lanka since 2019.

Speaking at a media briefing this afternoon (24), head of the Mycology Department of the MRI Dr. Primali Jayasekara said the black fungus also known as mucormycosis, is not new to Sri Lanka adding 42 black fungus patients were recorded in 2019, 24 patients in 2020 and 24 patients thus far this year.

She confirmed no patients with COVID-19 have been identified to have contracted mucormycosis.

Dr. Jayasekara added that all fungi clinical samples of the black fungus are tested by the Mycology Department of the Medical Research Institute.

However, speaking to media yesterday, state Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control Sudarshini Fernandopulle has refuted claims that the ‘black fungus’ was detected in Sri Lanka.

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