By John Murrihy | Posted: Thursday March 21, 2019
We have had a report of a student with Slapped Cheek.
Description & Symptoms
Slapped cheek is a viral illness that gets its name from the ‘slap like’ rash that appears on a child’s face. At first children may have symptoms of the common cold. This can be followed by the deep red rash on the face and a red lace-like rash on the body and limbs, which may be itchy.
Slapped cheek is a mild disease and most children will have only mild symptoms.
How is it spread?
Slapped cheek is spread by sneezing, coughing, kissing or close contact. Slapped cheek can spread rapidly through
schools and is most common in winter and spring.
Once a child is infected with the virus, the time until the symptoms appear is usually between 4 – 20 days.
A child is infectious up to 5 to 6 days before the first symptoms appear. Once the rash appears the child is no longer infectious.
Slapped cheek is contagious before it is diagnosed and the rash appears. Excluding children with the condition from school will not prevent the spread of the disease. Affected children may remain at school if they are well.
Actions to take
Call Healthline 0800 611 116 if you are unsure what you should do.