Health officials on Guam say the outbreak of “pink eye” or conjunctivitis on the island that began in May has grown to nearly 250 cases, according to a Pacific News Center report today.
During the week ending on May 24, 110 cases were reported, the most cases reported in a week. In addition, health officials report all ages are being affect with the youngest patient being less than 1 month and the oldest being 82 years of age. Both sexes are affected but males outnumber females slightly by 114 to 107 cases.
Pink eye, or Conjunctivitis, is a common eye ailment caused by an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the clear, thin membrane that covers the white portion of the eyes as well as the inner surface of the eyelids.
The three common causes of pink eye are viral, bacterial and allergic. The symptoms of each form are listed below:
Viral Conjunctivitis Symptoms
• Watery eyes accompanied with discharge are usual.
• Discomfort in the eye with itchiness maybe present.
• The infection usually affects one eye but can move to both.
Bacterial Conjunctivitis Symptoms
• Watery eyes followed with yellow or green discharge are natural occurrences.
• Irritation can be found along with an itchy feeling.
• The infection usually starts with one eye and can spread to the other.
Allergic Conjunctivitis Symptoms
• Heavy tearing, discomfort, and itchiness affecting both eyes are especially likely.
Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are very contagious. Only bacterial conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotics. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.