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Notification of Case of Pink Eye and Pinworms at LPES

Please be aware that we have been notified about a case of each of the following common childhood diseases at LPES. Please review the details below and monitor your child. More information on this and other diseases can be found in the BCCDC Guide to Common Childhood Diseases.

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

What is it? Pink eye is an inflammation of the covering of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelid. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergies or irritants (chemical or physical).
What are the signs
and symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of pink eye may include:
  • Teary, red, itchy eye(s)
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Pus or a thick discharge (yellow or yellowish-green color) that can make eyelids sticky, especially during sleep
How is it spread? Pink eye caused by bacteria and viruses spreads easily through contact with
the discharge from an infected child’s eye by:
  • Touching the discharge
  • A child with pink eye touching the discharge from their eye and then touching another child
  • Touching an object (e.g., tissue, facecloth, eye dropper, makeup applicator) contaminated with the discharge from the eye of an infected child
Pink eye caused by bacteria or viruses can also be spread by breathing in air contaminated with the bacteria or viruses when an infected person has
coughed or sneezed.
Incubation period Usually 1–3 days following contact with an infected person
When is the person
If pink eye is caused by bacteria, a child who has started treatment with antibiotics will not be contagious after 24 hours.
A child with pink eye caused by a virus can be contagious from before symptoms start until they end.
How to prevent the
spread of the illness
to other children

If a child is started on antibiotics for pink eye caused by bacteria they should be excluded from school or a child care centre until at least 24 hours after starting treatment.

If pink eye is caused by a virus or other irritant, the child may return to school or a child care centre after seeing their health care provider.

Ensure children do not share washcloths, towels or bedding.

Carefully dispose of articles (or clean, if applicable) contaminated with secretions from a child’s eye immediately after use.


What is it? Pinworms are tiny, white worms that live in the intestines. The female worms crawl out of the anus at night and lay their eggs on nearby skin. The eggs can live for up to 2 weeks outside of the body. Pinworms can be unpleasant and uncomfortable but they do not cause disease. Pinworm infections are common, especially among school aged and preschool aged children, and children attending a child care centre.
What are the signs
and symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of pinworm infection may include:
  • Intense itchiness around the anus and vagina, especially at night
  • Sleeplessness
  • Irritability
Children with pinworms often have no symptoms.
How is it spread? Pinworms are spread by accidentally swallowing pinworm eggs. This can occur by:
  • Touching the hands of a child who has scratched the itchy area of the body where the eggs are present
  • Touching objects (e.g., toys, toilet seats, baths, clothes or bedding) contaminated with pinworm eggs
  • Ingesting eggs that have become airborne (e.g., by shaking a bedsheet) when breathing
Incubation period 1–2 months or longer from the time pinworm eggs are ingested.
When is the person
As long as female worms are still present and producing eggs.
How to prevent the
spread of the illness
to other children

A child with pinworms can go to school or a child care centre after receiving appropriate treatment (usually one dose of a prescribed oral medication).

Vacuum living areas.


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