Case of Conjunctivitis in the Cubs and Bears

What is it?                                                                                                                                            

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the surface of the eye (conjunctiva). It may be caused by an infection (by a variety of bacteria or viruses) or by irritation or allergy (as in hay fever)

How do I know if someone has it?

Conjunctivitis often begins with pain and itchiness in one or both eyes, together with excessive watering of the eyes, swelling of the lids and redness of the “white” of the eye. There may be a yellowish discharge, and the affected person may find it painful to look at bright lights. It may last for as little as 2 days or for as long as 2-3 weeks.

Is it infectious?

Yes, except for the allergic kind.

What is the incubation period?

None required.

What should I do if someone has the illness?

Arrange for them to see a doctor.

Please note that if there are a number of cases of conjunctivitis at the nursery, then upon the manager’s discretion you may be advised to keep your child away from the school until their infection has cleared up.



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