Conjunctivitis Advisory: Residents told to be vigilant

The Ministry of Health has advised the public to be vigilant following reports of conjunctivitis or “red eye” outbreaks in the region of the Americas over the last 10 weeks.

Since May 6, 13 countries have recorded increased cases of the infection compared to previous years. These include The Bahamas, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Suriname, St Lucia, Mexico and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The outbreak in Dominica occurred between May and June, while in St Lucia, increases were noted since mid-July. Laboratory investigations revealed viral causes of infection.

While the Ministry of Health in Barbados has not recorded any unusual increase in cases up to the present, it has reminded residents that conjunctivitis can be an infectious or allergic condition and if it is infectious, it is highly contagious with symptoms lasting two days to three weeks.

Symptoms include redness behind the eyelid, spreading up to the white of the eye; swelling of the eyes, making them appear puffy; excessive tears; a discharge from the eye which dries up during sleep, causing crusting around the eyelids; and discomfort with bright lights.

The Ministry advises that medical attention should be sought if there is discoloured eye discharge, severe eye pain, problems with vision, increased swelling, redness and tenderness in the eyelids and around the eye, and feeling unwell with a fever.

To prevent the spread of infection, the Ministry recommends that persons wash their hands often with soapy water and keep hands away from the eyes and the face. Additionally, people should not share items such as eye drops, tissues, make-up, towels or pillowcases.

Parents and guardians are also advised that children with conjunctivitis should remain at home and not attend day care or summer camps.

19 Responses to Conjunctivitis Advisory: Residents told to be vigilant

  1. Katherine Zettler
    Katherine Zettler July 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    its actually called “pink eye”

    • Richard Johnston July 30, 2017 at 11:19 am

      It is colloquially called ‘pink eye.’

    • Di John July 30, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Actually it is called “red eye” or “pink eye dependent on region. They are both colloquial terms for the medical term Conjunctivitis so neither is right or wrong.

  2. Cecilia Carew
    Cecilia Carew July 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    It is said salt/sea water helps ..( I heard )

  3. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow July 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Katherine Zettler also known under that name publish Conjunctivitis

    Viral pinkeye is often caused by an adenovirus, which is a common respiratory virus that can also cause a sore throat or upper respiratory infection. The herpes virus can also cause viral pinkeye. Symptoms of viral pinkeye include: Redness in the white of the eye.

  4. Consuelo N Richards
    Consuelo N Richards July 29, 2017 at 3:46 pm

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  5. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow July 29, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Years ago they used to bathe eyes in cooled boiled milk .

  6. Cecilia Carew
    Cecilia Carew July 29, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Contagious as hell .

  7. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry July 29, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Warm salt water

  8. Keera Harding
    Keera Harding July 29, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    My son brought it home from camp, b4 week over most had it.

  9. Kayden Jada
    Kayden Jada July 29, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    That’s is true.

  10. Kavj John
    Kavj John July 30, 2017 at 7:03 am

    I rebuke that in the name of Jesus i had that years ago its horrible

  11. Cĥřīssý Ballantyne-Mofford
    Cĥřīssý Ballantyne-Mofford July 30, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Keron J G Cottoy , rmbr SVG had it during carnival too hmm

  12. Eleanor Harewood
    Eleanor Harewood July 30, 2017 at 9:43 am


  13. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams July 30, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    It’s here in Bim folks.

  14. Algitha Richelieu
    Algitha Richelieu July 30, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Beware Erin Corbin-boyce Shayne Williams

  15. Hewers of wood July 30, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Can any one who catches the red eye please try to contain it. Do not go to work, family members homes, supermarket, etc or send your child to nursery, school, college etc. And cancel any NON EMERGENCY APPOINTMENTS. Do not be selfish. Keep the red eyes at your home. That’s love.

    • Hewers of wood July 30, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      And beware of people in the bus, supermarkets etc with shades on.


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