Health Tip: Understanding Fifth Disease
The viral infection is common in children
(HealthDay News) -- Fifth disease is a viral illness that primarily affects young children who attend school.
Caused by the human parvovirus B19, it's generally a mild illness but it can be extremely harmful to a fetus if a pregnant woman becomes ill with the disease.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists these common symptoms of fifth disease:
- Cheeks that are extremely bright red in color it looks like they've been slapped.
- A red, "lacy"-patterned rash that starts on the cheeks, eventually moving to the arms and legs.
- A fever.
- Pain in the joints.
- Anemia that's only temporary.