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Red Alert in Mombasa as Conjunctivitis Outbreak Prompts Health Warning


Mombasa, Kenya: A surge in red eye infections has sparked concern in Mombasa County, prompting health officials to issue a public health alert. The highly contagious condition, known as conjunctivitis, has seen a significant rise in recent weeks, leading to crowded waiting rooms at hospitals and clinics.

“We have observed a spike in the number of conjunctivitis cases reported across Mombasa County,” stated Dr. Khadija Omar, Chief Medical Officer for Mombasa County. “We are urging residents to be vigilant and practice good hygiene measures to prevent the spread of this infection.”

Conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as “pink eye,” is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin membrane lining the eyelids and white of the eye. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, allergens, or irritants like chemicals or smoke. Symptoms include redness, itching, burning, discharge, and blurred vision.

“While most cases of conjunctivitis are mild and resolve on their own within a few days, they can be quite uncomfortable,” explained Dr. Omar. “The main concern is the highly contagious nature of the virus, which can spread easily through contact with contaminated hands, towels, or bedding.”

The Mombasa County Department of Health has outlined several preventive measures to curb the outbreak:


Frequent handwashing: Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is crucial to prevent the spread of germs.


Avoid touching your eyes: Rubbing or touching your eyes can transfer the virus from your hands to your eyes.


Practice good personal hygiene: Use clean towels and washcloths, and avoid sharing eye cosmetics.


Stay home if sick: If you have conjunctivitis, stay home from work or school to avoid infecting others.


Seek medical attention: If your symptoms worsen or persist, consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.


Health officials are also conducting awareness campaigns in communities to educate residents about conjunctivitis and its prevention. They are urging anyone experiencing symptoms to seek medical attention promptly to avoid complications and further spread of the infection.

While the current outbreak is a cause for concern, it can be controlled through effective preventive measures and prompt medical intervention. By taking necessary precautions and seeking timely treatment, Mombasa residents can help curb the spread of conjunctivitis and protect themselves and their loved ones.

Remember, staying informed and practicing good hygiene are key to combating this contagious infection. Let’s work together to keep Mombasa County healthy and eyes bright!

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