MRSA is a bacteria found of the skin of many people. It can cause infections in some people, and can be difficult to treat
Conjunctivitis is a common eye infection in young children. Bacterial conjunctivitis, which is of most concern in the child care setting, occurs often in children under 5 years of age. Viral conjunctivitis is often found along with the common cold or other mild cold-like illnesses.
What causes pink eye?
Bacteria, viruses, allergies, eye injuries or chemicals
How is pink eye spread?
Hands become contaminated by direct contact with drainage or discharge form an infected eye, or by touching other surfaces that have been contaminated by respiratory tract secretions, and gets into the child’s eyes
What are the symptoms of pink eye?
Bacterial: Pink or red conjunctiva (membrane that covers the eye), white or yellow eye discharge (pus), often with matted eyelids after sleep, and eye pain or redness of the eyelids
Viral: Pink conjunctiva with a clear, watery eye discharge and without fever, eye pain or eyelid redness
Allergic: Itching, redness, excessive tearing, usually of both eyes
Chemical: Red, watery eyes, especially after swimming in chlorinated water
How long is it contagious?
Until the active infection passes
How can I prevent infection?
For more information, please call the Northern Kentucky Health Department at 859.363.2070.
Sources: Northern Kentucky Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Revised November 2014