What is the global prevalence of viral conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020
  • Author: Ingrid U Scott, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Viral conjunctivitis is a common ocular disease in the United States and worldwide. Because it is so common, and because many cases are not brought to medical attention, accurate statistics on the frequency of the disease are unavailable. An estimated 6 million new cases of viral conjunctivitis occur annually in the United States. [4] Viral infection frequently occurs in epidemics within families, schools, offices, shipyards, athletic teams, residential communities, and military organizations.


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