Red Eye Outbreak
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”. The disease is highly contagious and lasts from two days to three 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 be more aware of personal hygiene habits; in particular hand washing, avoid contact with discharges from the eyes and/or upper respiratory tracts of infected persons, and 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 468 5380 within 24 hours, and not to allow infected children to attend school until they get well.