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Does everyone shows symptoms of fifth disease, if they are infected with the b19 human parvovirus?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No, not everyone: People who get parvovirus b19 infection can have no symptoms or can get "fifth disease". Kids get a rash, mild fever, and/or mild cold symptoms. Adults get a rash, some joint aches, and/or joint swelling. Infected persons, with or without symptoms, mostly recover without complications and have immunity against re-infection. The virus is spread from person to person just like colds are spread.
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes mild form: Erythema infectiosum , caused by human paravirus 19 ( animal paravirus 19 will not infect humans ), erythematious rash, on face looks like ' slapped cheek' face , mostly self limiting contagious disease. It is called fifth diseases , as it the 5th viral disease rash etc ( other 4 are measels, scarlet fever , rubella, chicken pox ).

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