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Exposed To Fifth Disease (Overview)

Fifth disease is caused by human parvovirus B19. It often affects preschoolers or school-age children during the spring. The disease is spread by contact with respiratory secretions and usually return for 5 days. However, the rash associated with fifth disease may return for several weeks. Return of the rash may be brought on by sunlight, heat, exercise, fever, or emotional stress.


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Is fifth disease ever fatal to anyone?

Is fifth disease ever fatal to anyone?

Yes: Infected fetus from maternal infection during pregnancy can result in death. The risk of fetal death is between 2% and 6%. ...Read more

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Exposed To Fifth Disease (Overview)

Fifth disease is caused by human parvovirus B19. It often affects preschoolers or school-age children during the spring. The disease is spread by contact with respiratory secretions and usually return for 5 days. However, the rash associated with fifth disease may return for several weeks. Return of the rash may be brought on by sunlight, heat, exercise, fever, or emotional stress.


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Is lupus or autoimmune disease transmited from mother to baby?

Is lupus or autoimmune disease transmited from mother to baby?

Sort of: Lupus itself is not transmitted mother to child. However, there is a specific lupus antibody that can be passed during pregnancy that can affect the child's heart. There is a higher risk that your child could develop an autoimmune disease if a parent has one. ...Read more

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If smallpox only affected humans, where did the first person contract it from? Is the virus related to other "pox"? Rickettsial, cow, chicken?

If smallpox only affected humans, where did the first person contract it from? Is the virus related to other "pox"? Rickettsial, cow, chicken?

Virus: If they're all named with the same genus because they are related. Chicken pox is a herpesvirus; the rule only works with the latin names. These viruses mutate and gene-swap so that's how they can 'jump species' and change from being zoonotic to affecting humans. ...Read more

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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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Can my child catch fifth disease from our pet?

No: Although it is true that there is a parvovirus which infects animals, it is different from the parvovirus b19 that causes fifth's disease. These two viruses are different and are not transferred between animals and humans. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell disease. If I contract fifth disease can there be complications?

Yes: Aplastic crisis, profound dropping of hemoglobin (so called iron count) due to suppressed red cell production from bone marrow is a well known complication. ...Read more

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If i've had chicken pox as a child but i'm exposed to the active virus can I spread it to other people?

If i've had chicken pox as a child but i'm exposed to the active virus can I spread it to other people?

No: For someone who had natural chicken pox to catch same disease again and transmit to someone else is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can fifth disease be transmitted to a woman's fetus in the 3rd trimester?

Yes: If mom never had it as a kid she can get it during any stage of pregnancy.It can also pass to the fetus & produce problems. ...Read more

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Can fifth disease be harmful to my toddler?

Not generally: Once the rash of fifth disease is present, children are no longer contagious. The rash may return over the following weeks-months with exercise or sunlight but is not worrisome. Some children may get joint pains that usually resolve in 2-4 weeks without long term complications. Other than not feeling well, it is generally not a harmful disease. ...Read more

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Can the disease neurodermatitis be contagious?

Can the disease neurodermatitis be contagious?

No: By definition, the term neurodermatitis implies no infection or disease but a nervous need to scratch. The nervous need to scratch may make other people nervous as well, but this is not truly contagious. ...Read more

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Can my undifferentiated connective tissue disease be generated by my fathers severe exposure to agent orange? He has type 2 diabetes due to exposure.

Can my undifferentiated connective tissue disease be generated by my fathers severe exposure to agent orange? He has type 2 diabetes due to exposure.

Not likely.: The Institute of Medicine publishes a biennial report on the Agent Orange issue. There is limited but suggestive evidence of an association with diabetes (10% of the population has DM and very very few of them were ever exposed to AO) and no proposed evidence linking UCTD to paternal dioxin exposure. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18395 ...Read more

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Can kawasaki disease be passed on to offspring?

Can kawasaki disease be passed on to offspring?

Possibly: Since doctors are not sure what exactly causes kawasaki disease, the answer is not known exactly. There are theories about possible infectious causes due to the seasonality of the illness. There are also some possible genetic causes due to a high prevalence in some asian ethnicities especially the japanese. Those genetic factors could be passed to your offspring. ...Read more

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I became infected with the virus that causes fifth disease while pregnant, will my child be harmed?

I became infected with the virus that causes fifth disease while pregnant, will my child be harmed?

Perhaps: Parvovirus b19 (also known as "fifth disease") can at times lead to a serious condition called hydrops fetalis, which is fluid build up in body areas of the fetus due to severe fetal anemia. It is important to notify your physician if you suspect parvovirus b19 infection while pregnant. ...Read more

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Can a child get tay-sachs disease from parents that don't have the disease?

Can a child get tay-sachs disease from parents that don't have the disease?

That's how it happns: Tay-sachs is a genetic disorder that requires two defective genes for expression.During conception, one gene is passed from two unaffected carrier parents & baby develops the disease from having two faulty genes in each cell.Affected patients do not survive to pass it on. ...Read more

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Can an adult pass fifth disease to their child?

Can an adult pass fifth disease to their child?

Yes: Fifths disease is caused from human parvo-b19 virus. It can be passed from parent to child, child to parent, child to child, or adult to adult. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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


Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Slapped Cheek Rash (Definition)

Slapped cheek rash is characteristic of erythema infectiosum or fifth disease. Patients with fifth disease also have a lacy red rash on the rest of their body. The organism causing this is parvovirus ...Read more