Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)
Udupi, Dec 9: Conjunctivitis is prevailing throughout the district due to inclement weather.
Virus or bacteria spreads red eyes or conjunctivitis. Symptoms include inflammation of the top portion of Sclera of the eye and inside part of the eye lashes. This turns into red or pink in colour and swells. This is a fast spreading disease. Doctors advise patients not to rub their eyes repeatedly.
In Udupi 60 cases were reported in November and 15 so far in December, In Kundapur taluk 80 cases were reported in November and 117 cases so far in December and in Karkala taluk 124 in November and 395 cases of conjunctivities so far in December have been reported.
Many college students are affected due to this disease. Some students have even taken holidays for the same to prevent its spread to other students.
Conjunctivitis was first seen in Bajpe vicinity of Mangaluru taluk in the beginning of November. Later it spread to the whole district. However, compared to the beginning stage, now the cases have come down in Dakshina Kannada district and the number of people arriving to hospitals is also reduced as per eye specialists.
Dr Nagaratna, district surveillance officer of Udupi said, “Conjunctivitis is being treated at all the primary health care centres of the district. Those affected should take medicines as per the advice of the doctor. Generally within a week the affected people get cured. It is better if the affected person wears goggles while moving around in public places. Cleanliness should be given top prority. Hands and face should be washed thoroughly.”
Cases of fever and cold have also increased in the district of Udupi. In the month of November 1456 cases in Udupi, 1145 in Kundapur and 1087 cases in Karkal were reported. The corresponding statistics for the month of December are 324 in Udupi, 224 in KUndapur and 191 at Karkala.