Fifth Disease

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Last Updated: 03 May 2022

Fifth disease is a viral infection triggered by parvovirus B19. The virus only contaminates humans; it's not the same parvovirus that dogs and pet cats can get. Fifth disease mainly impacts children. You get a red breakout on your face. Adults that get it might have joint pain and swelling. Fifth disease spreads quickly, with saliva and mucus. When an infected individual coughings or sneezes, you can get it. Most people end up being immune to the virus after having it once. Fifth disease is usually mild and disappears on its own.

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