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VI on alert for 'Red Eye'

- several Caribbean islands are on alert for the outbreak of conjunctivitis
Individuals should avoid sharing personal items, such as pillows, washcloths, towels, eye drops, eye makeup, face makeup, makeup brushes, contact lenses and contact lens containers or eyeglasses. Photo: CARPHA
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that is responsible for several Caribbean islands, including the Virgin Islands issued an alert on the outbreaks of conjunctivitis or “Red Eye” at health facilities and medical practices. Photo: CARPHA
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that is responsible for several Caribbean islands, including the Virgin Islands issued an alert on the outbreaks of conjunctivitis or “Red Eye” at health facilities and medical practices. Photo: CARPHA
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), which is responsible for several Caribbean islands, including the Virgin Islands, issued an alert on the outbreaks of conjunctivitis or “Red Eye” at health facilities and medical practices.

Dr Virginia Asin-Oostburg, Director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control stated that the CARPHA is monitoring the outbreaks and urges persons to take the necessary precautions to prevent and reduce the spread of the illness.

According to the Caribbean Public Health Agency, “conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the membrane covering the whites of the eyes and the inside of the eyelids. The congestion of blood vessels in this membrane give rise to a reddened appearance and explains the more common names “red eye or pink eye”.

Dr Asin-Oostburg further explained that the most common causes of conjunctivitis are viruses, bacteria, and allergens. In addition, viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are very contagious and can spread easily from person to person.

Symptoms and Prevention

Persons that are infected may experience redness, irritation, itchiness, swelling of eye lids, production of excessive tears, clear and yellow discharge. This discharge may cause the eyelids to stick together especially in the mornings.

In order to prevent the disease from spreading, the Caribbean Public Health Agency is emphasizing members of the public to practice some simple good, hygiene and to refrain from coming in contact with infected persons.

Steps that the public is advised to take include: keep unwashed hands away from face and eyes and wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Additionally, persons can use an alcohol based hand-sanitizer.

Individuals should avoid sharing personal items, such as pillows, washcloths, towels, eye drops, eye makeup, face makeup, makeup brushes, contact lenses and contact lens containers or eyeglasses.

Persons who are infected should ensure that they wash their hands before and after cleaning or applying eye drops or ointment to infected eye.

Once the infection goes away, it is very important to avoid re-infection. Persons should thoroughly clean or dispose of items that can in contact with the infected eye.

8 Responses to “VI on alert for 'Red Eye'”

  • LOL (26/08/2017, 10:30) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Our eyes getting red with tears because of the NDP's behaviour
  • high grade (26/08/2017, 16:56) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Legalize the thing!
  • Hmm (26/08/2017, 18:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Aftermath of eclipse, perhaps?
  • ??? (26/08/2017, 19:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nature and mankind have been at war with each other since the beginning of time. However, chemicals/medicine has most often kept pace with the battles of infections. May all continue to be well.

    However, there is growing disease manifesting itself in this country that no chemical will cure. That is the disease of journalistic freedom or lack thereof.

    Effects on the climate by human behavior is a reality.

    Effects on freedom of speech equally as important as is climate change is becoming a real issue here in the B.V.I.

    Frankly, if journalistic discrimination is allowed to be practiced in paradise, what more sinister practices will not be creeping into our way of life and freedoms.

    Truths are if all opinions cannot be respected and or published, perhaps one particular organization should seek out the home of the Nazi Party and relocate there.

    According to Article 19.of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

    "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

    The management and staff of this "news site," B.V.I.News, need to live up to that universal right and stop their Nazi like selection of whose ideas will and will not be published.
  • red eye (27/08/2017, 22:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    A simplified and more liberal regime for granting medical licenses will not eliminate all corruption, but could make the process shorter and fairer, and substantially reduce corruption.


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