Seven new cases of a very rare form conjunctivitis disease have
been reported at a city hospital in Chennai with the hospital ophthalmologists
warning that this could be a start of a fresh outbreak.
The disease, called microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis, was
first detected more than 35 years ago and less than 100 cases have been
confirmed across the globe, though more than 60 percent of the patients were
Microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis is more severe than
ordinary conjunctivitis and could lead to total blindness in 20 percent of the
cases. The outbreak of the disease was confirmed at the Vasan Eye Care Hospital
when a woman who had earlier been diagnosed with conjunctivitis reported loose
bowel movement and the redness of the eye had not reduced for more than a week.
Microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis was confirmed after the
doctors conducted an eye smear test with six more patients testing positive for
the disease in the next two weeks.