Acute Haemorrhagic Conjunctivitis commonly called Apollo in Nigeria and Ghana is a highly communicable eye infection caused by the enterovirus 70 and a variant of coxsackievirus A24. The infection is common in dry and windy seasons. As we begin this dry season, I will be showing you how to protect yourself and your family from getting this infection and how best to manage someone who is already infected.
Why is it called Apollo?
The first appearance of the epidemic was around 1969 after the Apollo 11 space mission of the United States of America. The epidemic was in Ghana and Nigeria, Nigerians believed it was caused by moondust from the Apollo Space Mission. Since then the name in the common palace has stuck as Apollo 11.
What are the symptoms of AHC?
The symptoms of AHC do not last more than a few days as the infection is self-limiting and clears off on its own. The major symptoms are;
- Painful red eyes.
- Itch in the eyes.
- Eyelids would be swollen.
- Frequent mucus discharge from the eyes.
- Eyes would be sore.
- Sensitivity to light.
Currently, there are no known treatments for AHC. Although the symptoms would clear off on their own after a couple of days. The symptoms described above are also common with other ailments therefore, it is important to see your healthcare provider if you notice these symptoms. You can speak with our specialist here.
How to Prevent AHC?
AHC spreads quickly in the dry and windy season. The following steps would help protect you and your family from getting infected with AHC.
- Regular eye checks.
- Quarantine anyone who is infected in other to stop the spread.
- Observe strict hygiene this season in other to keep yourself and your family safe.
- Avoid using your hands to scratch your eyes.
If you discover you are infected, you should see your doctor to confirm that it is AHC and not another ailment. If you have other questions, you can speak with our specialist.