Fifth Disease (Parvovirus B19)
What is it?
- Commonly referred to as "Slapped Cheek Disease"
A mild illness caused by Parvovirus B19
- It is common in daycare and school-aged children
Signs and Symptoms
- In some children it begins with a slight fever
- A bright red rash appears on cheeks, followed 1-4 days later by lace-like rash on arms, body and legs
- At least 50% of adults have had Fifth Disease in childhood and will not get it again if exposed to a child who has it
- Those adults who do get Fifth Disease may not get a rash but may have mild joint pain for about 2 weeks
- Spreads through the air when an infected coughs or sneezes
- Can be spread by hands or objects touched by an infected person
- Mild illness, no treatment necessary
A child does not need to be excluded from daycare/school if they have Fifth Disease