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What is the definition or description of: parvovirus?

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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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


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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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