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Does fifth disease have more complications in adults that contract the b19 human parvovirus?

Does fifth disease have more complications in adults that contract the b19 human parvovirus?

Not really: People who get parvovirus b19 infection can have no symptoms or can get sick. 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, recover and have immunity against re-infection. Complications can be seen in persons with chronic anemia or immunosuppression, and occasionally in pregnant women. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Fifth Disease (Definition)

A viral illness caused by parvovirus, also known as Erthema Infectiosum. It starts with a "slapped cheek" rash on cheeks and a flat red spotted rash, mostly on the arms and upper legs. Once the rash appears, you are no longer contagious. It can be harmful to an unborn baby, if mom has never had it. Adults can get joint swelling and pain. You only get it ...Read more


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

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

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 ). ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Parvovirus contagious to humans?

Parvovirus contagious to humans?

Yes, human to human: Parvovirus b19 is a causative organism of fifth disease in children. The same virus also affects pregnant women resulting in fetal hydrops, intrauterine growth retardation, and death. ...Read more

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How can the parvovirus last in adults?

How can the parvovirus last in adults?

Different illness: Acute parvovirus b19 infection in the healthy adult is not generally the slapped cheek type illness that occurs in kids. Fever and muscle aches can occur but the most dominant feature is the polyarthritis/arthralgias that tend to occur in the hands, wrists, ankles and sometimes knees. The joint symptoms can last from several weeks. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get parvovirus twice?

Is it possible for you to get parvovirus twice?

Parvovirus: Individuals with Parvovirus B19 IgG antibodies are generally considered immune to recurrent infection, but some believe reinfection is possible in a minority of cases. ...Read more

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Can my one months old pup survive from parvovirus?

Can my one months old pup survive from parvovirus?

Not likely: Canine parvovirus type 2 affects dogs. It is highly contagious and spread by direct or indirect contact with feces. It is severe in puppies not protected by maternal antibodies or vaccination. It has two presentations, a cardiac and intestinal form. Treatment involves veterinary hospitalization. Vaccines can prevent this infection, but mortality can reach 91% in untreated cases. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: parvovirus?

Virus causes illness: Parvovirus b 19 causes an illness associated with rash, sometimes with red cheeks we call" slapped cheek; fever, and joint symptoms. It does not require any antibiotics since it is a virus. It can be spread to others especilly among classrooms. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about a parvovirus infection?

Should I be worried about a parvovirus infection?

No: In general this infection, causing fifth's disease, in children is mild and is uncommon in adults but can cause complications in pregnant women, people with sickle cell anemia or immune deficiency. ...Read more

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Who discovered the parvovirus infection that causes rashes?

Who discovered the parvovirus infection that causes rashes?

Cossert : Y. E. Cossert and colleagues first discovered the human parvovirus and published their work in the medical journal the lancet in 1975. The designation b19 with it refers to the coding of the sample in which it was found while looking for viruses using an electron microscope. ...Read more

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How is a parvo vaccine and a parainfluenza- and parvovirus different?

How is a parvo vaccine and a parainfluenza- and parvovirus different?

Ask your vet: Canine parvovirus is a common viral disease that is caused by the canine parvovirus type 2 (cpv-2) virus. The virus attacks the gastrointestinal tract and immune system of puppies and dogs, causing severe vomiting and diarrhea. It can also attack the hearts of very young puppies. Parvo is a singular vaccine and the other is a combination. You can get better info from your veterinarian. ...Read more

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Who discovered the parvovirus infection?

Who discovered the parvovirus infection?

Cossert : Y. E. Cossert and colleagues first discovered the human parvovirus and published their work in the medical journal the lancet in 1975. The designation b19 with it refers to the coding of the sample in which it was found while looking for viruses using an electron microscope. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between parvovirus and ectopic pregnancy?

Is there a connection between parvovirus and ectopic  pregnancy?

Parvovirus: Cannot find data suggesting increased risk of ectopic pregnancy due to Parvovirus infection, but there are numerous problems that can occur with the fetus if Parvovirus B19 infection occurs during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a parvo vaccine and a parainfluenza- and parvovirus?

What are the differences between a parvo vaccine and a parainfluenza- and parvovirus?

Different viruses: Parvo vaccine is used in dogs against canine parvo virus, ax fatal disease. It is different than parainfluenza virus. Humans also get infections from different species of the same viruses, and vaccines against these two aren't developed for universal use. ...Read more

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My son is 6 and has hereditary spherocytosis. I am terrified he is going to get parvovirus and I won't know since presentation is mild. Help!

My son is 6 and has hereditary spherocytosis. I am terrified he is going to get parvovirus and I won't know since presentation is mild. Help!

Repeater: In the unlikely event that he gets parvo and actually needs to be supported through it, you'll have plenty of time between the onset of obvious serious illness and any risk of death. At least a few days. Keep reading accurate stuff. No reason to be "terrified." Better to focus. On his overall nutrition, development, fitness, folate status ...Read more

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Is it possible to test for parvovirus b19 to detect whether you've previously had it or is testing only for current infections?

Is it possible to test for parvovirus b19 to detect whether you've previously had it or is testing only for current infections?

Parvo B19 testing: It is possible to test for it after infection, if that would help your health in some way. ...Read more

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My son is 2 and presenting classic S&S of parvovirus b19. I know you can only treat symptoms, the rash has subsided. Is a doctors appt necessary?

My son is 2 and presenting classic S&S of parvovirus b19. I know you can only treat symptoms, the rash has subsided. Is a doctors appt necessary?

Mgt: Most cases resolve without any treatment. If you notice any symptoms that continue or recur such as joint pain, paleness of the skin, respiratory problems, an appointment with your PCP is advised. In the meantime, continue to provide hydration and monitor his temperature for the next week. ...Read more

Dr. Ahmet Baschat
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Parvovirus (Definition)

Parvovirus b 19 causes an illness associated with rash, sometimes with red cheeks we call" slapped cheek; fever, and joint symptoms. It does not require any antibiotics since it is a virus. It can be spread to ...Read more