Rashes can have many different causes. Some reasons for rashes include bacteria, viruses, allergies, medication reactions, contact sensitivity, insect bites, and other medical conditions. Some of the bioterrorism agents may first appear as rashes. It is important to quickly determine if the rash is caused by a disease that can be spread from person to person. Infection control measures to stop the spread of a rash-causing disease may include temporarily removing the person from a group setting such as school or daycare, and providing vaccinations or medications if indicated.
Many rash illnesses such as rubeola (measles), rubella (German measles), and varicella (chickenpox) are becoming less common in Oklahoma due to successful vaccination programs along with quick detection and control actions. However, since they are not completely abolished, it is important to quickly identify and respond when they do occur.
Please use the links for additional information about selected rash illnesses:
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Public Health Recommendations for the Prevention and Control of Headlice Infestation in Schools and Child Care Settings:A Guide for School and Child Care Setting Administrators
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Staphylococcal Skin Infections and MRSA