Fifths disease could be on the rise in South Georgia

Fifths disease could be on the rise in South Georgia

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia schools are back in session and health professionals are saying clusters of Fifth’s disease are more common this time of year.

There have been no reported cases of Fifth’s disease, also known as Slap Face rash.

Doctors said the illness is more common in children and can experience headache, fever and runny nose.

There is no treatment for this disease but professionals want to warn that it can easily spread.

“It’s one of those respiratory illnesses that kids can have and can spread it and you don’t really know that they are very ill. Because once they get that slap cheek rash, then they are no longer contagious,” said Jacqeuline Jenkins, an epidemiologist.

Jenkins said the best prevention is to show your kids the right way to wash their hands, and to wash them often.

Copyright 2019 WALB. All rights reserved.