Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath says several patients infected with the black fungus or Mucormycosis infection have been identified from the Colombo National Hospital, Kurunegala, Ratnapura, and several other hospitals.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Health Promotion Bureau Dr. Herath said however that it will not be an epidemic in the country as black fungus is not infectious.
Persons with compromised immune systems are at risk of being infected with the black fungus.
He stressed persons who have undergone organ transplants are also at risk of being infected with black fungus.
Specialist Dr. Hemantha Herath said such individuals may succumb after contracting the black fungus.
He noted symptoms may vary depending on where the infection occurs, adding that it could surround the nose, brain, eyes, skin and internal organs including lungs.
Dr. Herath added the fungus is found in the environment and it does not spread from one person to another.
He noted if a healthy individual is infected with the black fungus it can be cured through anti fungal medicine adding however that it is persons with compromised immunity that are infected.
Dr. Herath said risk groups must remain vigilant and seek medical attention if they show symptoms of any sickness.
He added the infection is commonly found in the environment near decomposing garbage where mould grows and therefore urged persons with low immunity to avoid such places.