Severe pink eye strain hits St. Louis

Friday, December 2, 2011 | 9:31 a.m. CST; updated 11:43 a.m. CST, Friday, December 2, 2011

ST. LOUIS — An antibiotic-resistant strain of pink eye is creating discomfort for many people in the St. Louis region.

KMOX Radio reported that eye doctors are reporting large numbers of children and adults with the highly contagious ailment that causes swelling of the eye, itching, irritation and burning. Physicians said the strain can take up to three weeks to run its course.

One practice in St. Louis, Ophthalmology Associates, is seeing 10 to 20 cases per week. Physicians there normally see one or two cases of pink eye per week.

An exact number of cases across the region is not known because pink eye is not a disease that health officials are required to report.


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