Careful: Health Ministry Issues Pink Eye Alert

The Ministry of Health has Jamaicans to take the necessary steps to avoid conjunctivitis, otherwise known as ‘pink eye’, after cases of the virus were reported in some communities.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye says, “we are cautioning the public to take preventative steps to decrease their risk of becoming infected with conjunctivitis and urging those who are affected to have their condition managed appropriately by a physician and avoid spreading to others.”

The signs and symptoms of pink eye include redness of eyes, watery eyes, itchy and/or burning eyes, grainy feeling in the eyes, and hypersensitivity to light.

To avoid infection:

• Do not share eye make-up, eye drops, wash rags, towels, and pillow cases.

• Refrain from coming into contact with individuals who have pink eye.

Wash hands often.

If you are currently experiencing symptoms:

• Wash hands with soap and water regularly.

• Avoid rubbing eyes.

• See a doctor.

• Do not attend school, work or other crowded places until the infection clears up.

Pink Eye is caused by viruses, which enter the eyes through contaminated:

• Hands

• Wash rags

• Cosmetics

• Handkerchiefs

• Contact lenses and other personal items.

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