Dr. Sujatha Pathirage Consultant Microbiologist, Medical Research Institute, Colombo 08 SARS-CoV-2 is an enveloped β-coronavirus with a genetic sequence very similar to SARS CoV1(80%) and bat corona virus RaTG13(93%). Viral envelop is coated by spike(S) glycoprotein, envelop and membrane(M) protein. It primarily targets upper and…
Microbiologists and Infectious Disease Physicians just in the door step of post antibiotic era with no new classes of antibiotics for decades, struggling with managing patients having infections due to resistant, multidrug resistant and extended drug resistant organisms.
Accreditation is a widely accepted status, which help to maintain quality system and continue improvement of a laboratory. Quality, performance, reliability and efficiency will be evaluated during the assessment.
Botryomycosis is a chronic suppurative infection that manifests clinically as plaques that are often ulcerated and have discharging sinuses. Here, we describe a patient who presented to us with cutaneous botryomycosis of the buttock.
We as human beings frequently fall ill due to various germs. However, thanks to our immune system and modern medicine, we can clear off many of those tiny organisms from our bodies.
The medical field has also advanced in a way to deal with the rising trend of infections caused by microbes. Therefore, mankind can live a better life now more than ever. But this may not be the case all the time.
Coronaviruses are recognised as important pathogens in humans as well as animals. They are widespread among birds and mammals with bats being the host to the largest number of genotypes.
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Quarantine Unit Co-National Focal Point of International Health Regulations (IHR)-2005 Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka Between 1 January and 14 October 2020, there have been several countries affected by poliomyelitis including circulating vaccine-derived poliomyelitis type 1 and 2 (cVDPV1 and cVDPV2) and wild poliovirus type…
External quality assurance programme(EQAP)/proficiency testing schemes are designed to objectively assess the quality of results obtained by laboratories, by means of an external agency. To support the countries on assuring high quality laboratory diagnosis, the WHO has organized a rapid EQAP for laboratories detecting COVID-19…
Laboratory Code Testing started Tests up to 31st May 2020 1 Medical Research Institute 1/W/G/SL 26. 01.2020 20,900 2 University of Sri Jayawardenepura 2/W/U/SL 28.02.2020 8,686 3 T H Karapitiya 1/S/G/SL 29.02.2020 6,417 4 T H Anuradhapura 1/NC/G/SL 06.03.2020 6,931 5 T H Kandy…
This post is written by Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists to bring attention to the practice of spraying disinfectants to large outdoor areas such as streets and public areas as a method of preventing spread of COVID-19.
The request for testing for the presence of COVID19 is escalating all over the world and this post presents laboratory diagnosis of COVID19 virus infections
The only type of UV light which can reliably inactivate bacteria and viruses is UVC which is the most dangerous type for humans. This includes an observation of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists on the use of UVC air purifiers.
WHO strongly advise that spraying of individuals or groups is NOT recommended under any circumstances. Spraying an individual or group with chemical disinfectants or detergents is physically and psychologically harmful and does not limit the spread of COVID-19.
For alcohol or other disinfectants to be effective, they need to be present in adequate amount for a given period of time (contact time). The nature of chambers does not sufficiently provide this. According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ozone to be effective in destroying harmful bacteria, it must be present at a concentration above levels considered safe for humans.
The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists is not against any member of public wearing a mask on a voluntary basis provided the use of the mask is done correctly and does not increase the possibility of virus transmission to the mask user or to anyone else.
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