Below is a summary of this viral infection.  

Especially common in children between the ages of 5 and 15, fifth disease typically produces a distinctive red rash on the face that makes the child appear to have a slapped cheek.  

Fifth disease begins with a low-grade fever, headache, and mild cold-like symptoms (a stuffy or runny nose). These symptoms pass, and the illness seems to be gone until a rash appears a few days later.

The bright red rash typically begins on the face. Several days later, the rash spreads and red blotches (usually lighter in color) extend down to the trunk, arms, and legs. The rash usually spares the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. As the centers of the blotches begin to clear, the rash takes on a lacy net-like appearance. Children younger than 10 years of age are most likely to get the rash.  

A person with fifths disease is most contagious before the rash appears.

Please remember that if your child has a fever you must keep him/her home.  Children may not return to school while they are contagious. 

If at any time your child is diagnosed or you suspect your child has a contagious disease you must report it to the school office per Maricopa County Health Regulations. It is important that we inform anyone who may have been exposed.

Please consult your health care provider regarding the treatment that is appropriate for your child.

If you have any questions please contact the school office at 602 243-6909 or 

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