University Health Services reports an increase in cases of conjunctivitis, or pink eye, on campus.
Conjunctivitis is spread through personal contact such as shaking hands, or touching an object or surface with germs on it, then touching the eyes.
Both bacterial and viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious. The viral form, suspected in the recent cases at Princeton, is transmissible for one to two weeks, even after symptoms have subsided.
The best way to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis is by frequent hand washing with soap and water.
Learn more about transmission, prevention and treatment on the Princeton Emergency Management website.