September 29, 2023

Mumbai Sees 20% Spike in Conjunctivitis Cases; Delhi and Other Cities Affected Too

Mumbai, known for its vibrant culture and fast-paced lifestyle, is currently facing a challenging situation with a double whammy of heavy rainfall and a concerning increase in infections. Adding to the city’s woes, there has been a staggering 15-20% surge in conjunctivitis cases among both children and adults. However, Mumbai is not alone in this battle, as Delhi and several other cities across India are also witnessing a significant rise in cases of pink eye.

Medical experts are pointing towards viral conjunctivitis, primarily caused by the adenovirus, as the culprit behind this upsurge in infections. The disease seems to be affecting children more than adults, leading to growing concerns among parents and healthcare professionals alike.

During a recent webinar, ophthalmologists from various Indian cities, including Kolkata and Bhubaneswar, came together to discuss the alarming rise in conjunctivitis cases in their respective regions. Some areas are experiencing such cases at what can be described as an epidemic level, prompting health authorities to take immediate action.

Although medical professionals in Mumbai have not officially classified the situation as an epidemic, they have acknowledged a definite increase in the incidence of conjunctivitis cases. The condition, commonly known as pink eye, is characterized by the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, transparent layer covering the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids.

Conjunctivitis can spread through direct or indirect contact with infected individuals, contaminated objects, or droplets from sneezing and coughing. The onset of the rainy season often creates an environment conducive to the spread of such infections due to the accumulation of stagnant water and increased humidity.

Health authorities are urging the public to take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis and other contagious infections. Simple practices such as maintaining proper hand hygiene, avoiding touching the eyes with unwashed hands, and refraining from sharing personal items like towels and eye makeup can go a long way in reducing the risk of transmission.

Parents are advised to be vigilant and seek prompt medical attention if their children exhibit symptoms like redness, itching, tearing, and a discharge from the eyes. While most cases of viral conjunctivitis resolve on their own within a week or two, medical consultation can help in managing symptoms and preventing complications.

As the situation unfolds, health authorities in Mumbai, Delhi, and other affected cities are closely monitoring the conjunctivitis outbreak and implementing necessary measures to curb its spread. Raising awareness about preventive measures and maintaining good eye health practices will be crucial in mitigating the impact of this recent surge in pink eye cases.