Pink Eye Outbreak Hits St. Louis Area

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis area is in the midst of a seasonal outbreak of pink eye.

Actually, there are two outbreaks underway of viral conjunctivitis, better known as pink eye. The chief of ophthalmology at Saint Louis University Medical School, Dr. Oscar Cruz, says the first is an adenovirus, the typical pink eye with upper respiratory inflammation.

“The other, there is an enterovirus which is a stomach virus, that is also associated with pink eye,” he said. “This virus also has more of a hemorrhagic component where the eye is a little bit redder and more irritated than normal.”

Cruz says he is seeing five to ten of these cases every day at SLU Hospital. Since they are viral, he says they will go away in about a week to ten days but are extremely contagious. For that reason, it is important to practice good hand hygiene if you have pink eye or are tending to a child with the virus.

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