Request for Question Clarification by
10 Oct 2006 17:29 PDT
I think that precise data will be difficut to locate, due to several
factors, the greatest of which is that a huge number of cases are
simply not reported. Also, the epidemic nature of the condition are
a factor, such that a local outbreak can quickly spread (often among
schoolchildren and their families), while other areas can be free of
outbreaks for extended periods of time.
The following study of an outbreak of Acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis
in Mexico provides some precise figures for this one incident, such as
141.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the state of Jalisco, but there
are relatively few studies of this nature, and even this one is faulted
by a lack of certainty about unreported cases.
By Pink Eye, presumably you mean conjunctivitis, which is just one
of the causes of the broader category of Red Eye, whose causes are
listed on this page from WrongDiagnosis.com:
This page on conjunctivitis from Medline highlights one of the
reasons why the majority of cases might go unreported, with the
"Call for an appointment with your health care provider if
symptoms persist longer than 3 or 4 days."
While your question may not be answerable in the format you
desire, I'll be happy to post this material as a formal answer
if it satisfies your interests...