Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Pink eye in the Bahamas

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

SURVEILLANCE UNIT


The MOH and the Department of Public Health wishes to advise the public of an increase in conjunctivitis also known as “pinkeye” which involves inflammation of the eye.

It is caused by a bacteria, virus or chemical irritation. Symptoms include redness, swelling, itching, a watery or “pus like” discharge, resulting in sensitivity to light and blurred vision.

It is easily spread from one person to another. To prevent the spread, persons are encouraged to do the following:

· Practice frequent hand washing

· Keep your hands away from your face

· Change your pillowcase and towels daily

· Avoid shaking hands with others

· Avoid sharing products such as make-up, and wash cloth

· Stay away from work, school and public places until the infection clears

If you or a family member experiences any of these symptoms, please see your Health Care Provider.

For more information please contact the nearest clinic or the Department of Public Health at  502-4737, 397-1021, 502-4776 or 502-4790

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