Please see below for information from the Health Protection Team:
There has been a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of Parvovirus B19 infections, or “slapped cheek” as it is often called. This increase is across the whole of Scotland.
There have been confirmed cases in one Highland Primary School to date.
Slapped cheek is usually a mild illness that starts with a fever, followed a few days later by a rash that starts on the cheeks. The infectious period is prior to the appearance of the rash, so once the rash has appeared, if children are feeling well, they can come to school.
It’s very infectious and 50 to 60% of adults will have been infected earlier in life and become immune.
It may cause complications in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, so it’s important to ensure that anyone who is pregnant and has had close contact with an infected child should be advised to make an appointment with their GP. Others at more risk are people who are immunocompromised, and those with what are called haemoglobinopathies – for example sickle cell disease.
Parents are urged to contact their GP if concerned and to alert the school if this infection is confirmed.