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Fifth disease

Category: Illness or disabilities

Type

Involuntary

Introduction and description

Erythema infectiosum or fifth disease is one of several possible manifestations of infection by parvovirus B19.

The name "fifth disease" comes from its place on the standard list of rash-causing childhood diseases, which also includes measles (first), scarlet fever (second), rubella (third), Dukes' disease (fourth, but is no longer widely accepted as distinct), and roseola (sixth).

For more details see the entry on Parvovirus