Hantavirus; An emerging pathogen in Sri Lanka

By Dr Rohitha Muthugala MBBS, Dip. R & DP, PG Diploma in Med.Microbiology, MD (Medical Virology) Consultant Medical Virologist, Teaching Hospital Kandy . Transmission of the infection to humans is by inhalation of the viruses via aerosols generated from virus contaminated rodent faeces , urine or…

Biosafety and Biosecurity: a way forward

By Dr. Jananie Kottahachchi MBBS, Diploma (Medical Microbiology), MD (medical Microbiology) Senior Lecturer Grade II Department of Microbiology Consultant microbiologist Biological threat from emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism are ever increasing. It has become essential to increase awareness and preparedness for identifying and containing those…

Towards an ideal Sepsis bio marker, a glimpse of hope…… whole blood leucocyte transcriptomic profiling……

By Dr Mahen Kothalawala MBBS Dip Microbiology MD MPH(NZ) Consultant Clinical Microbiologist Teaching Hospital Kandy Sri Lanka Sepsis accounts for around 9 million deaths per year globally. During the last decade, number of hospital admissions due to sepsis have increased considerably by 70% in the…

Public Health and Microbiology

By Vasanthi Thevanesam Emeritus Professor Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of  Peradeniya   Public Health is defined as ‘the science of protecting the safety and improving the health of communities through education, policy making and research for disease and injury prevention’. Microbes have…