MINISTRY OF HEALTH DECLARES OUTBREAK OF CONJUNCTIVITIS (PINK/RED EYE)
Written by GIS on September 11, 2017
The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health has reported that there is an outbreak of conjunctivitis (Red Eye) in Grenada.
The unit headed by Dr. Shawn Charles, shared the information with senior members of the Ministry, since the reported number of cases has reached the level that constitutes an outbreak.
On July 7th, Grenadian health officials reported that they were actively monitoring an outbreak of conjunctivitis in the region. At that time the number of cases in Grenada was very low and was not a cause for concern, based on regional and international standards.
The Ministry is now reporting forty-one cases in total throughout the entire island for the period January to August 2017. And, during the first week of September, a total of forty cases were identified in one particular health district triggering an alarm.
Meanwhile Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Martin has indicated that the current outbreak is viral and can be transmitted by person to person.
According to Dr. Martin, there is absolutely no evidence or confirmation that the outbreak is airborne.
He further stressed the need for individuals to practice proper and regular hand washing to avoid becoming infected and prevent the viral transmission.
Outbreaks of viral conjunctivitis occur mainly in tropical countries with high population density, hot and humid climate.
For additional information about conjunctivitis (clinical description how it is spread), and how best to prevent and or manage conjunctivitis please visit https://www.cdc.gov/