Singapore soil has been stated to be acutely filled with microspordial spores, which the Ministry of Health (MOH) said are not limited to the Turf City pitches.
The above findings have recently come from MOH following the findings of investigations that were ongoing to find out more facts about the outbreak of microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis especially among the people, who were in the city to attend an international rugby tournament that was held at Turf City on April 21 and 22.
Issue became of high concern, when it was found by the medical professionals that approx 159 attendees from participating countries have reported the affect of the outbreak with their symptoms of eye infection like redness and itchiness etc. 89 cases from the list were reported from Singapore.
Experts have explained that Microsporidial spores are common in Singapore soil. These spore-forming organisms are present in the environment and soil and can occur infection to anyone, if enters in the eye in the form of mud.
These spores cause keratoconjunctivitis, which occurs with symptoms like pain in eyes, redness or blurry vision that can occur between two and 30 days after exposure.
MOH has promised to take immediate decisions with the appropriate authorities to minimize all such risks.
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