How To Prevent Red Eye Disease In Kenya
There has been an outbreak of the red eye disease in Kenya that is spreading fast, more than 1,000 cases are reported in Mombasa alone from last week, and Nairobi and Kisii just reported new cases of the disease.
what is the red eye disease?
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that can result from many causes including viruses, bacteria, allergens, contact lens use, chemicals, fungi, and certain diseases.
What causes the disease?
The CDC observes that viruses that cause conjunctivitis include Adenoviruses (the most common), Rubella virus, Rubeola (measles) virus, Herpes viruses which include, Herpes simplex virus, Varicella-zoster virus (which also causes chickenpox and shingles) and Epstein-Barr virus, which also causes infectious mononucleosis (mono) as well as Picornaviruses, such as coxsackievirus A24 and enterovirus 70 (which has caused outbreaks in other countries).
Measures To Prevent Red Eye Disease:
Regularly wash hands with soap and water.
Avoid touching and rubbing eyes.
Avoid touching the face.
Avoid sharing personal items such as towels and makeup kits.
Because it’s contagious, cover your mouth while coughing and sneezing.
In environments where irritants like dust, chemicals, or smoke abound, wearing protective eyewear can serve as a formidable shield.
If you are prone to allergies, promptly address allergic reactions with antihistamines or other prescribed medications.
Also to avoid infection, do not share towels with family members who are already affected
Disinfect high touch surfaces especially if a family member is infected already
Consider taking time off work or school to reduce the spread
For mild symptoms, apply a cold compress over the eyes with a wet face towel.