A colony of domestic dust mites have been discovered within an ear of a patient who had arrived at the E.N.T. clinic of the Kaluthara hospital recently.
Issuing a release the ministry of Health noted that a diagnosis carried out on the patients ear had revealed a deposit of white powder, which during subsequent scrutinization had been identified as dust mites.
Domestic Dust Mites are microscopic organisms which inhabit dry environments.
Although dust mites are not injurious to human health, their excrement is said to cause allergies such as asthma.
Furthermore Dust mites are also capable of penetrating the human ear drum, there by entering the brain and causing infections.
In its release the ministry of health notes that colonisation of dust mites could also be caused due to personnel in-hygiene.
Although a cellular phone inhabited by dust mites was discovered earlier, the possibility of them having infested the patient's ear has been ruled out by medical authorities.