Health official warns about “Red eye” outbreak

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Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr James Knight has confirmed an increase in the number of conjunctivitis (red eye) cases reported over the past few weeks.
Dr Knight said just last week the Clare Hall Community Clinic staff reported a high number of conjunctivitis cases and even up to yesterday the number rose to 60.

He said residents must be mindful of the bacteria around them as the infection spreads easily throughout the household.
The health official explained the importance of keeping hands sanitised and added vigilance to products used in and around the eyes.

The symptoms of the viral conjunctivitis making the rounds include a gravel and sticky feeling in the eye, severe redness and pain if the infection is prolonged, according to Dr Knight.

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