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What is parvovirus 16 and is it the same as b19 (human)?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
No: Human parvovirus b19 got its name from the designation on the test sample from which the virus was found using an electron microscope. There is no human parvovirus 16.

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