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'Pink eye' hits campus, March 13

University Health Services today alerted students about a high number of cases of conjunctivitis on campus and issued important tips for prevention and self-care.

"One hundred and eleven students were diagnosed with this problem in the first 11 days of March," said Dr. Pamela Bowen, health services director. "We are providing this information in the best interest of the health of the campus community."

Conjunctivitis, also known as "pink eye," is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear mucous membrane that covers the white part of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelid. It is most often caused by a bacterial or viral infection, or an allergic reaction. The inflammation of conjunctivitis makes it an irritating condition but it is usually harmless to sight.

Campus community members who experience symptoms should contact Health Services at 258-3141 or 258-3139.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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