Fifth Disease (cont.)
David Perlstein, MD, MBA, FAAP
Dr. Perlstein received his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati and then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at The New York Hospital, Cornell medical Center in New York City. After serving an additional year as Chief Pediatric Resident, he worked as a private practitioner and then was appointed Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Fifth disease facts
- What is fifth disease? What causes fifth disease?
- What are fifth disease symptoms and signs in children and adults?
- Are there other symptoms that can occur with fifth disease?
- What are the serious complications of fifth disease? Is infection with fifth disease dangerous during pregnancy?
- What is the treatment for fifth disease?
- How is fifth disease spread, when is the contagious stage, and should I be isolated if I have fifth disease?
- Is it possible to prevent the spread of fifth disease?
- Find a local Pediatrician in your town
How is fifth disease spread, when is the contagious stage, and should I be isolated if I have fifth disease?
The virus of fifth disease is spread mostly by droplets. This means that when an infected person coughs or sneezes, the virus can be spread. However, once the rash is present, the person is usually no longer contagious and need not be isolated.
Is it possible to prevent the spread of fifth disease?
Similar to most viral illnesses, the best way to prevent the spread of the disease is by good hand hygiene, covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough, and by staying home when you're sick.
American Academy of Pediatrics. "Parvovirus B19 (Erythema Infectiosum, Fifth Disease)." In: Pickering LK, ed. Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 28th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009: 491-493. Available at: http://aapredbook.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/2009/1/3.92.
Broliden, K et. al. "Clinical Aspects of Parvovirus B19 Infection." Journal of Internal Medicine 260.4 Oct. 2006: 285-304.
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