Two Diagnosed With Fifth Disease at Southington School

Two Kennedy Middle School staff members were diagnosed, prompting the principal to alert parents.

Parents in Southington are being warned after two staff members at Kennedy Middle School were diagnosed with fifth disease.

The school's principal contacted parents in a recorded message sent by a reverse phone alert system Sunday night.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fifth disease is a virus that causes a mild rash and usually affects children. The rash usually shows up on the face first, and gives the appearance of "slapped cheeks". It can then spread to other parts of the body, including the chest, back, arms and legs. Symptoms may also include a fever, runny nose and headache.

The virus does not usually pose a serious health risk, but can be serious for women who are pregnant, according to the CDC.

"We are following district procedures and protocols at this time to ensure the safety of any staff that may be impacted by this and wish to communicate with all adults in our parent community as well," said Principal Steven Madancy in the recorded message.

Parents concerned about the illness are being directed to the school's website for more information.

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