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Pink-eye warning - Ministry urges persons to be on the lookout

Published:Saturday | July 8, 2017 | 7:00 AM
Dr Winston De La Haye

With the Ministry of Health confirming cases of conjunctivitis, more popularly known as 'pink-eye', the public is being urged to take the necessary precautions.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye is warning persons to take preventative steps to decrease the risk of becoming infected, adding that "those who are affected should have their condition managed appropriately by a physician and avoid spreading to others".

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

According to the ministry, to avoid being infected, persons should:

- not share eye make-up; eye drops; washrags; towels and pillow cases;

- refrain from coming in contact with persons who have pink-eye;

- wash hands often;

The health ministry said if persons are experiencing symptoms of pink-eye, they should:

- wash hands with soap and water regularly;

- avoid rubbing eyes;

- see a doctor;

- do not attend school, work or other crowded places until infection clears up.

Pink-eye is caused by viruses which enter the eyes through contaminated hands, washrags, cosmetics, handkerchiefs, contact lenses and other personal items.