Fifth Disease (Parvo Virus)

Fever, headache and more tired than usual. “Slap cheek” looking rash on face, followed by a lace-like rash on trunk and extremities that can appear 4-20 days after initial symptoms. Individuals can also be infected and have no symptoms.
The virus can spread before the person develops a rash. It is spread by coming in contact with infected nose and throat secretions as well as contaminated shared items. This is a common viral infection in late winter/early spring.
  • Proper hand hygiene
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Proper disposal of tissues
  • Cleaning of contaminated items
  • No exclusion from school is necessary unless the student is feeling unwell. A rash can reappear with heat for weeks, this is not a reason for exclusion.
    Concern for pregnant women, immunocompromised individuals, any one with sickle cell disease, or certain blood disorders. Groups of concern should contact a health care provider if they believe they have been exposed. This is a common viral infection in late winter/early spring.

    Communication Notice (recommended to be distributed if two or more cases are present)

    We have been advised of a suspected case(s) of fifth disease in our classroom/school. While fifth disease can be a nuisance, it is a common childhood condition. Exclusion from school is not required and students can return once they are feeling well.

    Parent/guardians are encouraged to watch their child for signs of fifth disease which include fever, headache and feeling more tired than usual, followed by the appearance of a “slap cheek” looking rash on the face and a lace-like rash on the body, arms and legs.

    If you suspect your child may have fifth disease, please contact a health care provider for treatment if needed or 811 for advice. To find out more, check out this fact sheet on fifth disease at: