Spike in ‘Pink Eye’ Cases in St Ann

by July 16th, 2017

The St Ann Health Department is reporting a spike in reported cases of pink eye across the parish.

Chief Public Health Inspector for St Ann Leroy Scott made the revelation at the monthly meeting of the corporation last Thursday.

Mr Scott says since last month the health department has been receiving reports of cases of pink eye in several communities.

He is advising residents to be careful of how they interact with each other.

Scott is assuring residents that pink eye is not life threatening, adding that with proper hygiene practices, it will go away after a short while.

The signs and symptoms of pink eye include redness of eyes; watery eyes itchy and/or burning eyes; grainy feeling in the eyes and hypersensitivity to light.

Last week, the health ministry cautioned the public to take preventative steps to decrease their risk of becoming infected with conjunctivitis and urged those who are affected to have their condition managed appropriately by a physician and avoid spreading to others.