Eye Infection with Bacteria Transmission
Facts about bacterial conjunctivitis:
- Bacterial conjunctivitis is very contagious.
- Those who have bacterial conjunctivitis are contagious while the eye drainage is present.
- Bacterial conjunctivitis is not considered contagious after the drainage improves and it has been treated for 24 hours with antibiotics.
- The infection may be spread through contact with infected tears or eye drainage.
- Once someone is exposed to the infected fluid, it takes 2 to 7 days for symptoms to develop.
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