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KZN pink eye cases surge

The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department has warned of an outbreak of conjunctivitis,  particularly in eThekwini, with more than 1 000 cases reported between 29 February and 3 March.

Provincial Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane said the province had 1 044 cases, with at least 1040 from eThekwini and four from the Ugu district, reports TimesLIVE.

The growth over the four days is as follows:

• 29 February – 161 cumulative;
• 1 March – 808 cumulative (607 new cases);
• 2 March – 958 cumulative (150 new cases), and;
• 3 March – 1 044 (86 new cases).

The condition is usually caused by a viral infection – viral conjunctivitis – which is highly contagious.

 

TimesLIVE article – KZN health dept warns of pink eye outbreak as cases surge past 1 000 (Open access)

 

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