Today we got notice that someone in our child’s class “might have” Fifth Disease. I’ve never heard of Fifth Disease, which is kind of scary. Head lice? Unpleasant. “Viral infection which often affects red blood cells”? Scary.
What I’d like to ask is that you please notify us just as soon as it’s been determined whether or not the student in question has this disease. The note we received gives a number of symptoms to watch for, including “vague signs of illness or no symptoms at all.” Which means not only do we not know if our son’s been exposed to a disease we don’t know about, but he may not show symptoms of the disease we don’t know about that we don’t know whether or not he’s been exposed to. Help!
I’d be grateful if you could let us know one way or the other about the student’s diagnosis when the news comes in. In the meantime, fingers crossed that the Great Head Lice Infestation of 2008 is behind us!
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