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Oct 13, 2017

Health Ministry Warns About Re-Infection and Public Behaviour

Marvin Manzanero

The other concern, especially when it comes to ‘pink eye’s’ fast spread, is behaviour in public places and while traveling. The ministry, according to Doctor Manzanero, is closely working with its counterpart in education to manage the infection rate in schools, but there are concerns that those who have recovered could return to the same places where they have been infected, leading to more permanent damage to the eye. While not advocating a total closure of affected schools, Doctor Manzanero says individual care must be taken.

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“We have been in discussions from very early with the Chief Education Officer and across the Ministry of Education in terms of what preventive measures you can take. So we had said to teachers, if you see somebody with pinkeye, ask them to go home; I think that’s what we are asking parents. Don’t go to places that you don’t need to go; people have been going to concerts, this weekend people will go across the border to Chetumal with pinkeye, to places with pinkeye. In terms of school what has started to happen is we are now being overwhelmed by teachers sending students to the doctor to get a note to say that they are okay to go back to school. That’s overwhelming our system, they are going back to an area where you are seeing patients, you can get re-infected. Avoid those situations where you can. The same thing With schools we are in close contact; we can’t close down schools – we have been asked about that – because there are different phases to the epidemic and we don’t know how long it’s going to last.”

 

Aaron Humes

“But the bottom line is it’s painful, yes, but it’s not something that is going to seriously damage you in the long run; but it’s going to have an impact so easier to avoid it?”

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“It can get complicated, you can get an over infection with bacteria, it can continue to damage the eye, particularly a chronic disease, but if you do basic home care, conjunctivitis should resolve in and of itself. It will run it’s normal course – the idea is not to get it – but it will run it’s normal course; it’s a viral infection and we have to run the prevention aspect in this.”

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