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Health authorities report alarming rise in cases of fifth disease.

The National Board of Health has published new figures showing a worrying increase in the number of cases of slapped cheek disease, a common childhood illness also known as fifth disease. The disease, which primarily affects children, is characterized by fever and a distinctive red rash on the cheeks. Slapped cheek disease, medically known as erythema infectiosum, is caused by parvovirus B19. It is a virus that spreads particularly through the airways and is known for its high contagiousness, especially in the early stages of the disease. The National Board of Health urges parents to be alert to the symptoms and seek medical attention if they suspect their child may be infected.

“We are seeing an increase in the number of reported cases, and it is important that we act quickly to contain further spread,” a spokesperson from the National Board of Health stated. “It is particularly important to keep sick children at home from school or daycare until they are completely healthy.” The disease is usually mild and rarely requires medical treatment, but it can be more serious for pregnant women or individuals with weakened immune systems.

The National Board of Health advises these groups to be extra cautious and possibly consult their doctor for advice on prevention and management of the disease. To prevent the spread of slapped cheek disease, the National Board of Health recommends good hand hygiene and avoiding close contact with people showing symptoms of the disease. These precautions are especially important in institutions where children are in close proximity. The National Board of Health will continue to monitor the situation and update the public when there are new developments.

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