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Fifth Disease, caused by Parvo Virus, Hits Whitehall Elementary

An email from the Whitehall School nurses went out to students and parents on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, informing families that Fifth disease appears to have made its way into Whitehall Elementary.

“We have had a number of elementary students with what appears to be Fifth disease over the last few weeks, but finally have a provider diagnosis to confirm it. It is caused by parvovirus B19,” the email stated.

The nurses went on to detail that Fifth disease starts as a runny nose, sore throat, and fatigue. A few days later, the student has noticeable bright red cheeks followed by a lacey rash that...

 

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