‘Red Eye’ outbreak – officials put public on “heightened alert”

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‘Red Eye’ outbreak – officials put public on “heightened alert”
Conjunctivitis, known as 'Red Eye' and 'Pink Eye' is highly contagious.
Conjunctivitis, known as 'Red Eye' and 'Pink Eye' is highly contagious.
Conjunctivitis, also known as ‘Red Eye’ and ‘Pink Eye’, is highly contagious.

PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health urges the public to be on heightened alert to identify, control and prevent the spread of conjunctivitis – commonly called “red’eye”, especially among children under 5 years of age.

The disease is highly contagious and lasts from 2 days to 3 weeks.

Earlier this week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported outbreaks in the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Guadeloupe and Martinique.

In light of the increased transmission in our neighbouring states of Martinique and Guadeloupe, and considering the frequent travel to and from these states the Ministry increased surveillance and is currently implementing control measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

Consequently, the public is advised to:

• Practice personal hygiene, especially hand hygiene/washing;
• Avoid contact with discharges from the eyes or and upper respiratory tracts of infected persons
• Seek medical treatment for affected eyes.

Schools, nurseries and other institutions are advised to:

• Call the Epidemiology Services Department to report cases of red eye at 4685380 within 24 hours; and
• Not to allow infected children to attend school until they get well.

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  1. Is red eye the same as what we call pink eye in North America? I don't know if y'all get polysporin there, but they have one that treats pink eye.. if u don't have polysporin, wash ur hands after touching your eyes and throw away any eye makeup you used while infected. Pink eye clears up within a week usually regardless of treatment. DO NOT flush your eye with urine as someone posted. Depending on the health if your urine, you could introduce more bacteria into an already infected eye. Wash your hands constantly. The germs live a long time on things like door handles, lighters, table tops....

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  2. Simple remedy. Wash your eyes with your urine and the red rye will be gone the very same day. I've tried it and it works. Not sure how the elders came up with this remedy but it sure works.

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  3. My grandma and little brother got it and I was always having contact with em I still haven't had it as yet. Very difficult for me to understand cause I don't frequently wash my hands.

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  4. Yes my people universal precautions hand washing, hand ? washing while singing HappyBirthday. Avoid rubbing your ? Just good ? old common sense will do the trick if u notice u may have conjunctivitis just stay away from work and school hope it doesn't get out of hand

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