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06 Jul 2017 | 12:23 PM UTC

Antigua and Barbuda: Conjunctivitis outbreak

Antigua and Barbuda News Alert

Abnormally high rates of conjunctivitis (pink eye) reported; take hygienic precautions

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/6/2017, 12:00 AM until 7/13/2017, 11:59 PM (America/Antigua). COUNTRY/REGION Antigua and Barbuda


The Antiguan chief medical officer warned on July 4 of an increase in rates of conjunctivitis in Antigua and Barbuda in recent weeks. Various other Caribbean islands are also reporting outbreaks, notably the Dominican Republic where a major epidemic is ongoing.


Conjunctivitis is an eye infection where the thin membrane that covers the white of the eye and the interior of the eye lids - the conjunctiva - becomes inflamed. Symptoms include watery eyes and discharge, discomfort, and itchiness. Conjunctivitis is highly contagious and can be caused by bacterial or viral infections; the bacterial version is treatable with antibiotics.


Individuals in affected areas are advised to minimize contact with others (e.g. avoid handshakes) and to wash hands frequently.


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