Fifth Disease at QVPS

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have had a confirmed case of Fifth Disease at Queen Victoria, which is childhood illness often referred to as ‘slapped cheek syndrome.’ This is a viral infection that may have no symptoms or a low grade fever, runny nose, headache, nausea, and a red rash on the cheeks and possibly other areas on the body. The rash may come and go for a week. Treatment usually means just relieving the symptoms. However, pregnant women who have been in contact with an infected child should consult their health care provider.

In following TLDSB policy we will have a notification posted on the front door for 20 days following the last confirmed case. I have attached a fact sheet highlighting information about Fifth Disease.

If your child has developed a fever, please keep them home out of respect for our school community. If your child is showing symptoms please have them checked by a health professional and contact the school if there is confirmation of fifth disease. We do have several expecting mothers in our community and we want to ensure that everyone is healthy.

For more details please contact the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit at www.hkpr.on.ca or call 1-866-888-4577.

Thank you for your commitment to the health and safety of our Queen Victoria community.