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Pinkeye notice issued

STUDENTS in Shanghai diagnosed with acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, or pinkeye disease, will be asked to stay at home for a week, according to a notice issued by the health and education authorities yesterday.

Several suspected cases of pinkeye disease have been reported since August and 17 workers at an automobile parts company in the city's Jiading District were confirmed with the disease last week.

The notice says that schools and preschool facilities should carry out morning checks and inform parents of students suspected of having the disease so they can be treated early.

After the new semester began, cases were reported in some schools and kindergartens, especially those with mainly migrant children.

Schools and kindergartens with pinkeye cases are advised to stop group activities and any exercises which require students to touch their eyes.

Meanwhile, schools and preschools have been asked to strengthen disinfection practices and keep a close watch on anyone who has been in contact with those affected.

Schools have also been asked for daily reports of students off sick.

Health authorities are also to monitor swimming pools, barbershops, public toilets, construction sites and migrants' residences.


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