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Department of Parasitology

 

Parasitology is the study of human parasites which infect and the diseases caused by them to humans. In this course, students will acquire knowledge and skills concerning with various methods of identifying, diagnosis, management, prevention and control parasitic diseases found in Sri Lanka. Further, students will acquire knowledge about arthropod vectors that are capable of transmitting parasitic diseases to human and parasitic zoonoses. In addition, students will learn about venomous/non-venomous snakes in Sri Lanka, their identification and management of snake bites during this course.

 

In the 4th semester, students will learn about transmission, pathogenesis, principles of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of intestinal and tissue nematode infections and intestinal protozoa infections. During the 5th semester, students will learn about transmission, pathogenesis, principles of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of tissue protozoa infections. In addition, students will acquire knowledge about medically important arthropod vectors and identification of venomous/non-venomous snakes in Sri Lanka, clinical manifestations resulting from snake bites and the management of such patients. The mode of teaching will centre on lectures, tutorials/small group discussions, fixed learning modules, clinical case discussions and laboratory practical classes.