Holdrege Public Schools
Empowering Students For Success
www.thedusters.org P.O. Box 2002 • Holdrege • Nebraska • 68949-2002
Rachel Wells RN
An Equal Opportunity Agency
Recently we have had several confirmed cases of Fifth’s Disease throughout the district.
Fifth’s Disease is caused by a virus known as Parvovirus B 19. It is a common childhood
disease. You can only get this once in your lifetime!
Fifth’s Disease is spread mostly by respiratory droplets. This means when an infected
person coughs or sneezes, the virus can spread. Fifth’s Disease is ONLY contagious
during the early part of the illness, before the rash appears. By the time the child has
the characteristic “slapped cheek” rash; he or she is no longer contagious and may remain
in school. Fifth’s Disease is highly contagious in a classroom environment.
The symptoms of Fifth’s Disease are as follows:
low grade fever (or no fever), cold-like symptoms, headache,
Bright red rash on the cheeks (“slapped cheek” rash) followed by a fine lacy rash
over the rest of the body that may itch. The rash may last for 5 to 7 days.
After exposure to sunlight or heat, the rash may reappear for 1-3 weeks. Other
symptoms are usually gone by the time the rash appears.
20% of adults and children with Fifth’s Disease will show no symptoms
Symptoms begin from 4-20 days after exposure
Fifth’s disease has no specific treatment because it is caused by a virus. There are also
few complications of Fifth’s Disease. However, children with sickle cell anemia, chronic
anemia, or impaired immune systems may become seriously ill and require medical care.
Also, pregnant women (who have not previously had the illness) should avoid contact with
persons who have Fifth’s Disease. The virus can infect the baby prior to birth and could
cause serious complications. If you are pregnant and think you have been exposed to
Fifth’s Disease, call your doctor as soon as possible!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me at 995-8988 or email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Rachel Wells, RN
School Nurse, Holdrege Public Schools
Central Office Holdrege High School Holdrege Middle School Franklin Elementary School R-7 School
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Cynthia Wendell, Superintendent Scott Schoneman, Activities Director 74204 L Road, Elm Creek 68836
Mardell Larson, Director Dan Atchison, Guidance Technology Washington Elementary School Phone • (308) 995-4771
Special Services Phone • (308) 995-8988 Brad Larson, Tech. Coord. 115 8th Avenue LeRoy Walker, Principal
Phone • (308) 995-4048 Kathy Vetter, Tech. Phone • (308) 995-4339
Curriculum Coord. Amber Porter, Admin. Coordinator