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Rise in Conjunctivitis Cases Sparks Concern in Kashmir Valley

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Kashmir Valley is currently grappling with a surge in cases of conjunctivitis, commonly known as “eye flu,” with more than 8,829 confirmed cases reported over the past two weeks. According to official data released by the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK), this eye infection has affected various parts of the Valley, prompting health officials to issue an advisory to curb its spread.

Leading the list of infection cases is Anantnag with 1,565 reported cases, closely followed by Baramulla with 1,415 cases, Srinagar with 1,104 cases, and Pulwama with 1,439 cases. The infection has also impacted other areas including Budgam, Shopian, Kupwara, Kulgam, Ganderbal, and Bandipora.

Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad, spokesperson for DHSK, emphasized the importance of practicing precautionary measures to halt the transmission of the infection. To mitigate the spread, he recommended maintaining a safe distance from infected individuals and adhering to proper hygiene practices.

Conjunctivitis, characterized by inflammation of the conjunctiva— a thin membrane covering the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelids—has long been a common eye ailment in India and beyond. This eye virus is known for its rapid contagion, particularly in crowded environments.

To combat the outbreak, the DHSK released an advisory that underscores the significance of maintaining stringent hygiene practices. The advisory specifically recommends frequent handwashing with soap and water, or using hand sanitizers containing at least 60 percent alcohol, particularly after touching the face or contaminated surfaces.

Among other preventive measures, the advisory cautions against touching the eyes to prevent germ transfer and encourages avoiding close contact with infected individuals. It also stresses personal hygiene, disinfection of surfaces prone to virus contact, and adherence to respiratory etiquette.

People are advised to stay home if infected and consult a healthcare professional before resuming normal activities. Eye protection is recommended when in close proximity to those who are infected, and individuals are cautioned against sharing personal items to prevent further transmission.

As Kashmir faces this spike in conjunctivitis cases, the advisory serves as a reminder that collective efforts in maintaining proper hygiene and adopting preventative measures are crucial to safeguarding the health and well-being of the community.

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