Pink Eye: New Research


Researchers who investigated a 2002 outbreak of conjunctivitis, a type of eye infection also called “pink-eye,” among students at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire have said the germs may have spread, in part, through shared keyboards on university computers.

Little new info in this story. Their experimental technique seems a bit weak, frankly:

“We don’t know if the (laboratory) experiment really recreated what happens in real life with people using keyboards, so the result might not be the final answer,” [Dr. Cynthia G. Whitney of the Centers for Disease Control] said. “On the other hand, we also don’t know if we would have found the bacteria initially on the college keyboards if we had used more sensitive culturing techniques,” Whitney added.

Still, interesting that someone’s still looking into this, even if results to date are far from conclusive.