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Medics alert to conjunctivitis outbreak

The Dominican medical community is alerting for people to keep their hands away from their eyes to avoid catching conjunctivitis. The “pink eye” is spreading rapidly with many cases being reported. Conjunctivitis is highly contagious, spreading easily in family, school and office environments.

There are three primary causes of pink eye: viral infection, bacterial infection, and allergies. The high level of humidity and dampness caused by the long running rainy season creates ideal conditions for the spread.

The disease is characterized by the inflammation – a result of the infection itself – of the conjunctiva (the inside of the eyelids). Some of the symptoms include: redness in the white of the eye, swelling of the eyelids, itching or burning eyes, swollen and tender areas in front of the ears, tearing, clear or slightly thick whitish drainage, burning or gritty feeling around the eyes area, thick and sticky discharge, and crusting on the eyelashes.

Source: DR1

May 23, 2017

Category: DR News |

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