Conjunctivitis cases surge in Delhi-NCR after heavy rain, reporting 100 cases a day at AIIMS

According to Dr JS Titiyal, Chief RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, the national capital is reporting 100 such cases a day

New-Delhi: Due to heavy rainfall in Delhi and nearby areas over the past few weeks, multiple cases of conjunctivitis are being reported in the NCR region, according to Dr JS Titiyal, Chief RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS.

According to Dr JS Titiyal, Chief RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, the national capital is reporting 100 such cases a day.

“We are getting at least 100 cases of conjunctivitis per day. There is usually a seasonal increase in conjunctivitis cases, which coincides with the flu season. The conjunctivitis cases are mostly caused by virus,” Dr Titiyal said.

The conjunctivitis cases are reported each year during monsoon season. “Red eye returns with monsoon, itching, redness, watering and sometimes discharge,” Dr Harsh Kumar, Opthalmologist, Centre for Sight said as quoted by ANI.

A private eye care hospital in Delhi has reported 1,032 cases of conjunctivitis from NCR and 1,521 cases pan India.

Dr Titiyal said general hygiene measures should be followed by regular handwash after coming from outside.

“General hygiene measures should be followed. You should wash your hands whenever coming from outside. Try to avoid closed contact with anyone in your family who has eye flu,” he said.

“If you have conjunctivitis, use dark goggles, avoid swimming, avoid close contact with others, do not touch your eyes, children may avoid going to school for few days to avoid spread to other students, “he said.

(Input from Agencies)

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