Pinkeye Hits MSMC Campus

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By: Madison Beckman

The number of students on campus with reported cases of pink eye is on the rise.

According to an email sent to the student body on behalf of Health Services, “We have been seeing a large number of students who are presenting…with conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye.” After speaking with a representative at health services, it is estimated that there have been over 50 cases of pink eye on campus.

Pink eye is highly contagious, so it is important for those who have it to use caution around others to prevent spreading it. As per the Health Services email, “you can prevent the spread of pink eye by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your eyes, and avoiding sharing items such as make up or face towels.” They also recommend carrying hand sanitizer with you to use in public spaces, such as the dining hall and classrooms.

“To help you out with your disinfecting efforts in the residence halls, we have provided canisters of disinfecting wipes to each of the Resident Assistants,” said Assistant Director of Resident Life Amy Weit in an e-mail of her own.

Prescription antibiotic eye drops will affectively treat Conjunctivitis.  Common symptoms include eyes that are red, swollen, excreting colored discharge, irritated or itchy. If you feel you are experiencing any of these, it is important you meet with doctors immediately.

If you have any further questions, contact Health Services at 1-845-569-3152 or healthservices@msmc.edu.