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Fifth's Disease and it's Impact on Breathing

Date: Wed, 27 May 1998

Fifth's disease (erythema infectiosum) is a viral disease characterized by mild systemic symptoms followed in 7-10 days by a skin rash. It is caused by human parvovirus. Usually, the disease starts with mild fever and the rash comes 7-10 days later. The rash causes red cheeks, and a lacy appearing rash on the arms, trunk, and thighs. It most commonly occurs in school age children. I am not aware that Fifth disease can depress breathing in any significant way.

I hope this helps. Thank you,
---Tom Keens
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

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