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Question: Several children attending the same day care center developed red, inflamed eyes and eyelids. What is the most likely cause and name of this condition?
Response: The children have developed "conjunctivitis" -- an inflammation of the conjunctiva (the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids) due to infection. Sometimes, this disease is called "pink eye." It is caused by either bacteria or viruses. The bacteria or viruses can easily be transmitted from child to child through infected hands. In particular, these agents are present in nasal secretions and eye discharges. If a child touches an object that the infected child touched or touches the infected child's hands, and then touches his own eyes or mouth, he'll probably end up with conjunctivitis too.
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