Black Fungus Disease Claims First Local Victim
By Farhan Nizamdeen and G.G. Liyanage (Galle and Ahangama Correspondents)
Sri Lanka recorded its first death from the Black Fungus (Mucormycosis) disease, Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Dr. Rohan P. Ruwanpura said. He said a 56-year-old man from Elpitiya died while receiving treatment at the Hospital on 29 September 2021. Assistant JMO Dr. Samadhi Dandeniya Arachchi, who performed the postmortem, had sent the samples to be tested by Medical Research Institute’s (MRI), Consultant Mycologist, Dr. Primali Jayasekara.
Dr. Ruwanpura added, Dr. Jayasekara’s report received on Thursday (21) revealed the person had died of black fungal infection in the lungs. The report had also been sent to the Coroner. Dr. Ruwanpura also said this was the first death to occur in Sri Lanka as a result of Mucormycosis forming in the lungs due to COVID Pneumonia.