Conjunctivitis is also called pink eye. It can be caused by 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 notifiable condition.
Providers do not need to report conjunctivitis cases. For information about infection control and prevention, call (253) 798-6410.
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye) exposure letter for parents (also available in Spanish).
- Conjunctivitis page—CDC.