What is conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is also known as pink eye. It can have several causes, including bacteria, viruses, allergies or chemical irritants. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are most common, and can be highly contagious. Symptoms include red, itchy eyes; swelling of the eyelid; and discharge. Discharge consistency depends on the type of infection.
Conjunctivitis is not a reportable condition.
School health staff and providers do not need to report conjunctivitis. However, our public health consultants are available to provide information on infection control and prevention. For more information, call (253) 798-6410.
Resources for schools:
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Resources for healthcare providers:
- CDC Conjunctivitis Page—Information and resources for healthcare providers