I Have an Infection That is Highly Contagious in Disease
I have an infection that is highly contagious…?
I work at this day camp and I contracted this virus called pharyngoconjunctival fever. The symptoms are sore throat, high fever, conjunctivitis, headache, weakness, malaise, and enlargement of the lymph nodes.
I have had this for since last Tuesday and when I went to the ER I was misdiagnosed and told it was a scratched cornea. Today my eye is quite red, I feel really tired and my throat is quite soared with the occasional film. My questions are should I go camping tomorrow or stay home?
That is a decision you need to make
If I was sending my child or loved one to a day camp; I would hope that (a) Universal precautions – especially frequent hand-washing – are being followed anyhow, and (b) there is a policy that people with the contagious disease are kept away from others.
Would you send one of the camper’s homes for this?
If you have a diagnosis in writing, present it to your supervisor & let them make the decision. If you infect someone else and it causes permanent damage, you can be sued.. and so can the company running the camp.
If you have all these symptoms, can you safely travel? Driving with your sight impaired by ‘pink eye” (conjunctivitis), and your mind clouded by a high fever ( ?? ) – could make you a dangerous driver.
Did you speak to the doctor that made this diagnosis, did you ask specifically about work? What did they say?
…. if you did not speak to a doctor – Get to one!
You are risking permanent damage!
Medscape says that this can cause fevers as high as 104 F, but that it is only contagious for 10-15 days.
The second link from NIH is a paper that basically says if you practice good sanitation – stay out of the pool when sick, cover and contain sneezes and coughs, wash frequently – especially after toilet – then you have a very low risk of spreading this.
Other stuff online says this is also called “swimming pool eye” because it is very common to be spread in pools – due to poor sanitation – during summer months when many children are using public or institutional pools.
Many places see this spread very quickly into an ‘outbreak’.. most people are too sick to come in and spread the infection, so it dies off. Extra cleaning and chlorination of the pool waters may help.. but it will also cause discomfort to anyone with skin or eye problems.