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WHO confirms Red Eye disease outbreak in South Sudan

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July 17, 2010 (JUBA) — The World Health Organization (WHO) surveillance team has confirmed an outbreak of Red Eye disease, also known as Conjunctivitis, in Juba the Southern Sudan capital.

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Red Eye patient (University of California)

The investigation team visited key health facilities, schools and local community centers in Juba. In the last ten days, increased cases were reportedly recorded in Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH), with United Nations clinics (UNDP and UNMIS) also reporting red eye cases among its staff.

According to the health officials, conjunctivitis outbreak is reemerging as similar to the last outbreak of red eyes in 2007.

Currently, health authorities are issuing health alert messages through the media to inform the public about the conjunctivitis’ outbreak and how best this disease can be prevented.

The disease, noted Dr. Abdinasir M. Abubakar, a Medical Officer with WHO’s Communicable Disease Surveillance & Response department, can be prevented by observing good personal hygiene and infection control such as washing hands and face with soap and avoiding handshake.

“Anyone with symptoms of conjunctivitis should seek treatment from nearest health facilities,” Dr. Abubakar said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Sudan Tribune has learnt that albeit the red eye disease outbreak had only been reported in Juba, investigations are still ongoing elsewhere, while WHO officials have advised any patient with red eye disease to stay at home for 2-3 days, in order to reduce its transmission and spread.

WHAT IS RED EYE DISEASE?

Also known as Conjunctivitis, red eye disease is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the white of the eyeball.

Its symptoms of include redness, discharge, burning, and sometimes itching and light sensitivity. It can occur in one eye or both.

The most common cause of conjunctivitis is a viral infection. Other causes include seasonal allergies, bacterial infection, and reactions to eye medications.

Viral conjunctivitis can be transmitted from one person to another by casual contact, sharing towels or pillow cases, facial contact, or sharing of cosmetics.

It can occur before, during, or after a cold or upper respiratory infection because the same virus which causes the cold can cause conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis is very contagious in the first 10-12 days and may last up to 2-3 weeks.
On the other hand, bacterial conjunctivitis, like viral conjunctivitis, is contagious. Most people, who develop bacterial conjunctivitis, also have other eye conditions such as dry eyes or inflammation of the eyelids.

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  • 18 July 2010 04:19, by Ahmed Chol

    There is nothing such as red eye disease. What we have in Sudan is red eye dis-ease. This is when the eye is not at ease. It happens after some one drinks few bottles of bear/araaki. It goes away when one stop drinking.

    Ahmed Chol.

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    • 18 July 2010 09:25, by Deng Yak L

      Mr. Logic Boy.

      Your are correct because you don’t have base knowledge of how a person can acquire certain disease please go back to school and study in order for you to understand thing, you are really abnormal character no different between monkey and you, if you told a monkey to pronounce A it call it H this is really how you see thing. Instead of telling the facts of red eye infection due to certain circumstance you callled it Bor (Dinka) disease, anyway you are inform of human being but monkey in mind

      when a fools because wise , wise are in trouble this is what happening now before you were fool but after acquiring such a knowledge from us you are pretending to be wise then one who taught you.

      By Bonaparte

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    • 18 July 2010 17:34, by kuur Deng

      Hi quarks,

      All of you have nothing to talks about here simply because the term made by WHO ’’ Red Eyes Disease’’ Hypereamia scientifically but for the layman like you should be term as RED EYES Disease and is so different from drinking excessive alcohol.

      Thus, there should be nothing to worry about here and that is because the disease known as conjunctivis caused by flies in poor sanitation environment which can be simply prevented by cleanliness.in the actual sense , the person should have tell the media the source of infection and preventive measeures against the disease.

      The disease is already exist in the continent not only south Sudan but in the other parts of Africa and I personally failed to configure the reason why they posted such in the media without clinical intervent forward.In my point of view the person who have post the article was so green about the research procedure in connection with the media.

      To those want to comments please don’t turn into politics this is the time we have to adhere into the right chancel of communicating such information to the people outside the village and initiate good hygiene so that to save the public.

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  • 18 July 2010 05:40, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    This disease belongs to cattle, the victim was identified at Juba teaching hospital as dinkas from Bor. The solution is that every single Bor must return to their villages. These people are known as breeding ground of germs and virus such as cholera and HIV. Today it is red or green eye.

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    • 18 July 2010 07:36, by maumau

      Na, its a disease, needs treatment. Not only for Bor, any human being can get that infection.MAUMAU

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    • 18 July 2010 09:24, by Deng Yak L

      Mr. Logic Boy.

      Your are correct because you don’t have base knowledge of how a person can acquire certain disease please go back to school and study in order for you to understand thing, you are really abnormal character no different between monkey and you, if you told a monkey to pronounce A it call it H this is really how you see thing. Instead of telling the facts of red eye infection due to certain circumstance you callled it Bor (Dinka) disease, anyway you are inform of human being but monkey in mind

      when a fools because wise , wise are in trouble this is what happening now before you were fool but after acquiring such a knowledge from us you are pretending to be wise then one who taught you.

      By Bonaparte

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      • 18 July 2010 13:47, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

        deng

        I was addressing my point with respect and understanding that I am not making an insult but telling the truth. However without a sign of shameful on your face you personally reply with fury. Dinkas are ignorance for the fact that none of you has ever admitted your problems, why would you share facilities with cattle? When people reveal your corruption and poor hygienic you turn you monster teeth against them. The bitter counts don’t regret, as now one of your people is identified in Juba as red victim. How about in Bor? how many are suffering unable to see as I am typing on my PC. Lets focus on better way forward don’t just respond to something you don’t understand. I am not surprise with your garbage about teaching us. The fact is that the world knows the exact origin of African rebellion in Sudan. Equatoria is the legend of southern victory or any achievement, mind about your temporary home in kakuma and Ethiopia during the war. Who are you to make comparison with me, some who come to understand peace 200. Unquestionable it is a shame for dinkas to disrespect Equatorian. If you don’t understand it try to find your way to kakuma and grab yourself few vocabularies.

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    • 18 July 2010 15:58, by Mou Magok

      Waa,

      This disease is dangerous, let our government look at it properly otherwise it may close down all activities planned both in the government institutions or working places like the business centres since it comes to contimination with any contact with an infected person.

      so brothers stop urging on the website, it is happening all over even in Uganda I witnessed it. This disease does not belong to any particular tribe or clan therefore, those who say it is for DINKAs let them say but don’t reply them completely. It is just a disease for all human beings despite whose tribe.

      Thanks

      Yirol boy

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  • 18 July 2010 08:56, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Report Say ,Dirtiest People are mostly the Victims.

    But whom are the Dirtiest People in South Sudan?

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    • 19 July 2010 09:07, by Nan dit

      Answer to Report say,
      We all knew who are the dirties people in S-Sudan,Logic boy’s home town. Again he don’t understand claiming to be Dinka bringing diseases to their polluted environment. Shame on you we are the clean tribe in this country if you don’t know, go back to school and study what cause diseases.

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