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Parvovirus B19 and Fifth Disease

Parvovirus B19 infects only humans. It can cause different signs and symptoms, depending on your age and overall health. Parvovirus B19 infection most commonly causes fifth disease, a mild rash illness that usually affects children. Many people infected with parvovirus B19 do not have any symptoms, or they have only mild, nonspecific illness. Read more...

Parvovirus B19 and Fifth Disease Topics

About Parvovirus B19

Describes the virus, illnesses caused by this virus, when people tend to get infected...

Fifth Disease

Describes the disease, signs & symptoms, how it is spread, diagnosed, prevented, treated...

Parvovirus B19 and Other Illnesses

Explains other illnesses that are caused by parvovirus B19 infection...

Pregnancy and Fifth Disease

Provides information about risks to pregnant women, testing, monitoring...

Photos of Slapped-Cheek Rash

Photos of children with slapped-cheek rash caused by fifth disease...


Lists references to scientific articles...

Parvovirus B19 Infects Only Humans

Pet dogs and cats can get infected with other parvoviruses that do not infect humans. Pets can be vaccinated to prevent infection from such parvoviruses.

Since parvovirus B19 infects only humans, a person cannot catch the virus from a dog or cat. Also, a cat or dog cannot catch parvovirus B19 from an infected person.


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