Conjunctivitis also rebounds in Yucatán

Conjunctivitis also rebounds in Yucatán

SSY: Cases up 115% in state

Merida, Yucatán, September 9, 2023. – Tropical diseases have hit Yucatan hard, as in addition to dengue fever, the rise in conjunctivitis cases is also worrying.

The Yucatan State Secretariat of Health (SSY) reports that approximately 12,500 people have been infected this year, with 279 cases reported last week.

According to data from the National Epidemiological Surveillance System (Sinave), cases of conjunctivitis in the Yucatan Peninsula increased by 115.4% this year compared to the 5,821 patients registered in 2022.

In this regard, Luis Jacob Resendis Najera, an ophthalmologist at the Mexican Social Security Institute in Yucatan, pointed out that conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is a layer that protects the eyes and plays a lubricating role.

He noted that this layer can become inflamed due to an infection in the eye.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis include irritation of the eye surface, itching, burning, stinging of the eyes, watering, and in some cases blurred vision.

“Infections can be of many types, the most common being viral, followed by bacterial infections,” he explains.

He advised washing your hands frequently, not touching your eyes with dirty hands and if you suffer from allergies, it is necessary to get proper treatment from a specialist.

Jorge Juan

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