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Caribbean Health Authorities Monitor Conjunctivitis Outbreak



Port-of-Spain, Aug 21.- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) restated the warning on conjunctivitis, also known as Pink Red Eye, outbreaks that today affect several countries of the region.

Dr Virginia Asin-Oostburg, Director, Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control assured that they are monitoring the epidemic situation.

Besides, she urged people to take necessary precautions to prevent and reduce the spreading of this disease that reddens the eyes.

The expert reminded that the most common causes of conjunctivitis are viruses, bacteria and allergens.

According to CARPHA, Pink Red eye symptoms can include redness, irritation, itching, tearing, suppurations and eyelid swelling.

Asin-Oostburg said that the risk to catch conjunctivitis or extend it to another person can be reduced.

In such sense, she recommended the public to practice some easy steps of hygiene, which includes avoiding near contact with ill people or presenting eye-pink symptoms, washing hands frequently or keeping them away from the face and eyes if they are dirty. (Prensa Latina)