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    February 2017


Possible PARVOVIRUS B19 Infection (Also known as ‘Fifth Disease’ or ‘Slapped Cheek Syndrome’)

A child at this school has developed a rash and been diagnosed with ‘slapped cheek’ which is a mild infectious disease caused by a virus called Parvovirus B16. We have taken advice from South West South Health Protection Unit and a leaflet is available which may be helpful in explaining more about this infection and how to manage this at home should anyone else develop symptoms.

Parvovirus usually causes a short, mild illness. If your child has a rash and is unwell enough to need to see a Doctor, please show them this letter and information. For general advice, contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647. Your child only needs to stay away from school if they are feeling unwell – the rash itself is not infectious.

Many adults have developed immunity to Parvovirus and do not need to be concerned if they have had contact with a child with this infection. However, women who are within the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy, or any pregnant woman with an unexplained rash, should see their Midwife or GP, for advice.

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