ERYTHEMA INFECTIOSUM (SLAPPED CHEEK DISEASE)

Please note that we have a student in 3R with Human Parvovirus known as Erythema Infectiosum (commonly called Slapped Cheek Disease).  This is a common childhood viral infection that can be very contagious however Human Services Victoria advises that children with Slapped Cheek Disease are NOT required to be excluded from School.  The only people at risk from this virus are non-immune persons who are immunosuppressed (due to illness and/or treatment), have chronic haemolytic disorders, or are pregnant as the virus can be passed from a pregnant mother to her unborn child.  If you have concerns that you may have been in contact with Slapped Cheek Syndrome please consult your supervising doctor immediately.

Slapped Cheek Disease generally causes a mild illness with little or no fever but a striking redness of the cheeks (hence the common name).  This is followed one to four days later by a lace-like rash on the trunk and limbs that fades but may recur over several weeks on exposure to heat.  There is no specific treatment for the infection.  Adults often have little rash, but may experience joint pains and swelling that are sometimes prolonged.  Many cases experience no symptoms at all.

 

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