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Slapped Cheek

We have recently had a few cases of Slapped Cheek in school.

Slapped Cheek syndrome (also known as “fifth disease”) is a type of viral infection that is most common in children, although it can affect anyone of any age.


Slapped cheek syndrome usually affects children between the ages of 3 and 15. Most cases develop during the late winter months or early spring.


The most common symptom of slapped cheek syndrome is the appearance of a distinctive bright red rash on the cheeks. This is how the condition got its name.


High-risk groups

If you're in a high-risk group, for example, if you are pregnant or you have a weakened immune system, a blood test may be recommended if you have been in close contact with someone who is known to have the infection.


The blood test can be used to see if you are immune to the infection. If you are not immune, treatment can begin immediately to prevent complications.