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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Tap water causing pink eye Navi Mumbai In Grip Of Rare Conjunctivitis

Mumbai: A peculiar type of conjunctivitis, caused by a parasite found in contaminated water, has affected many in Navi Mumbai. A private hospital, which carried out a preliminary analysis, recorded over 20 cases in little over a month. 
    The Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute in Navi Mumbai saw patients who complained of the classic symptoms of conjunctivitis such as redness, irritation and light sensitivity. Most of them also got unsuccessfully treated for viral conj
unctivitis only to be diagnosed with microsporidial infection later. Experts confirmed such cases are few and far between. 
    More worryingly, tap water emerged as the common source of infection. The mother of a nine-year-old boy said, "We live in a posh society and my son goes to a good school. There is 
no way he gets exposed to dirty water." She added that one of his son's friends was also diagnosed with it two days before him. 
    Cornea surgeon Dr Vandana Jain said the infection in normal individual was baffling. "Microsporidia are opportunistic pathogens that mostly 
affect those with weak immune system and not individuals with normal immunity." 
    Adoctor from MGM Hospital in Vashi said they have also treated a couple of cases post monsoon. The doctor added that patients should use boiled water to wash their eyes if they feel any kind of irritation. 

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WHAT IS CORNEAL MICROSPORIDIOSIS? 
The disease is caused by an infection with organisms called microsporidia 
These parasites live within other host cells where they produce infective spores or cells that can reproduce 
The cells cause a disease called microsporidiosis 
It is commonly seen in 
immuno-compromised people such as HIV, TB and transplant patients 
    The infection can also affect brain, intestine, muscles and kidneys 
    It is not contagious like classic conjunctivitis 
    It can affect vision permanently if not treated appropriately and in time



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