Lahore grapples with pink eye outbreak

LAHORE: Lahore is currently grappling with a concerning increase in cases of conjunctivitis, a highly contagious eye infection commonly known as “pink eye.”

This sudden uptick in cases has raised alarm bells throughout the city, as the infection rapidly spreads across various neighborhoods. Hospitals are reporting an influx of over five hundred patients on a daily basis seeking treatment for this eye ailment. Health experts are issuing warnings that, without immediate precautions, there is a substantial risk of widespread transmission of the viral conjunctivitis.

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Patients afflicted with this infection have reported painful symptoms, including redness, swelling, and excessive tearing in their eyes. What is particularly worrisome is the unprecedented speed at which the virus is spreading, with infections occurring not only through direct contact but also via airborne transmission during casual conversations.

Professor Asad Aslam, an ophthalmologist, underscores the critical importance of preventive measures in curtailing the virus’s spread. “This virus can easily transmit through contact with contaminated surfaces, close interaction with infected individuals, and even through casual conversation,” he said.

Aslam said, “To safeguard oneself, it is advisable to wear sunglasses, promptly separate bedding and utensils, and exercise extreme caution to prevent further transmission.”

Experts note that this eye infection tends to be more prevalent during the rainy season, adding an additional layer of complexity to the situation.

Aslam added, “The virus can linger on surfaces for a considerable duration, ranging from seven to ten days, and sometimes up to three to four weeks. If a patient touches their infected eye and then contacts other surfaces or individuals, the risk of transmission is significantly heightened.”

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