Conjunctivitis is also called pink eye. It is caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies or irritants. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are most common. They can be very contagious. Symptoms include red, itchy eyes, swollen eyelid and discharge. Discharge consistency depends on the type of infection.
Conjunctivitis is not a notifiable condition.
Providers do not need to report conjunctivitis. For infection control and prevention information, call (253) 798-6410.
- Conjunctivitis exposure letter for parents (also available in Spanish).
- Infectious Disease Control Guide for school staff.
- Conjunctivitis page—CDC.