There is a lot of illness lately at school, with both children and teachers.  It can be anything from just a fever, to headache, nausea and congestion.  We are hoping the upcoming vacation week will break the cycle.  Be aware of Fifth Disease, which usually shows up in Springtime in Children's House- a fever, rash, and bright red cheeks.
Also, one person found a tick on their child's head, so be aware of that, too.
We hope this all passes quickly and they can get outside next week and enjoy some beautiful weather!
While we are not aware of any Fifth Disease Diagnoses, it is fairly common at this time of year, and the following will give some information on what to be aware of:

What are the symptoms of fifth disease?

The initial symptoms of fifth disease are very general. They often include:

  • headache
  • fatigue
  • low-grade fever
  • sore throat
  • nausea

After a few days of having these symptoms, most young people develop a red rash that first appears on the cheeks. The rash often spreads to the arms, legs, and trunk of the body within a few days. The rash may last for weeks, but usually by the time you see it you’re no longer contagious.

The rash is more likely to appear in children than in adults with fifth disease. In fact, the main symptom adults usually experience is joint pain. The joint pain can last for several weeks and is usually most prominent in the wrists, ankles, and knees.


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