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How likely is a fever associated with fifth disease?

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Emily Lu
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Parvovirus b19, the virus that causes fifth disease, can also cause fever and other flu-like symptoms in about 50% of cases.
Normally though, by the time the facial rash that characterizes fifth disease arises, the fever and other flu-like symptoms have subsided.

In brief: Yes

Parvovirus b19, the virus that causes fifth disease, can also cause fever and other flu-like symptoms in about 50% of cases.
Normally though, by the time the facial rash that characterizes fifth disease arises, the fever and other flu-like symptoms have subsided.
Emily Lu
Emily Lu
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Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 1 in 5 will have one

Symptoms of fifth disease (aka erythema infectiosum) come in two phases.
About 1 week after exposure and lasting 2-3 days, the first phase symptoms of headache, fever, sore throat and itch are common in approximately 20% of cases. There is a symptom free period for 7-10 days before the second phase occurs which involves a rash on the cheeks or body. It is no longer infectious when the rash appears.

In brief: 1 in 5 will have one

Symptoms of fifth disease (aka erythema infectiosum) come in two phases.
About 1 week after exposure and lasting 2-3 days, the first phase symptoms of headache, fever, sore throat and itch are common in approximately 20% of cases. There is a symptom free period for 7-10 days before the second phase occurs which involves a rash on the cheeks or body. It is no longer infectious when the rash appears.
Dr. Joshua Batt
Dr. Joshua Batt
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