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BOYNE - Confirmed Case of Fifth Disease in Our School

posted Apr 30, 2018, 5:00 AM by Peter Marshall   [ updated May 2, 2018, 6:09 AM by Gary Levante ]

Signs will be posted at our School: There has been a confirmed case of Fifths Disease in our school. If you have any questions, please speak with the Principal.

 Fifth disease is a mild rash illness that occurs most commonly in children. The ill child typically has a “slapped-cheek” rash on the face and a lacy red rash on the trunk and limbs. Occasionally, the rash may itch. An ill child may have a low-grade fever, malaise, or cold-like-symptoms a few days before the rash breaks out. The child is considered to be contagious up to the time that the facial rash develops but by the time the rash appears, the child is usually no longer contagious. It must also be noted that many infected children may be asymptomatic. The mode of transmission of the virus is person to person through direct contact with respiratory secretions (droplet exposure) of an infected person and has an incubation period of 4 – 14 days. As advised by Halton Region Health Department, many children may develop parvovirus B19 infection and not seek medical attention. Parvovirus B19 is not a reportable disease and as such the Health Department does not have knowledge of cases occurring in the community. There is no vaccine or medicine that prevents Parvovirus B19 infection. Frequent hand washing is recommended as a practical and probable effective method to reduce the spread of parvovirus. Excluding persons with Fifth Disease from work, child care centres, schools, or other settings is not likely to prevent the spread of Parvovirus B19, since ill persons are contagious before they develop the characteristic rash. The affected child is not required to stay home from school. However the disease can be harmful to pregnant women who do not have immunity to the disease. Therefore, once the disease is diagnosed, please contact your school to let the administrators know. Employees, volunteers and visitors who are or may be pregnant must be notified that the disease is present in the school.

Staff that potentially can be impacted may be absent from school.