Parvovirus B19, also known as slapped cheek syndrome, is a common childhood viral infection which produces a bright red rash on the cheeks 'slapped' cheeks. It is caused by infection with the parvovirus B19 virus. In rare cases, this infection in a pregnant woman can cause severe anaemia in her unborn baby. This occurs in less than 5 per cent of all pregnant women who are infected with parvovirus B19 and usually occurs during the first half of pregnancy.
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Parvovirus infection is a common and highly contagious childhood ailment — sometimes called slapped-cheek disease because of the distinctive face rash that develops. Parvovirus infection has also been known as fifth disease because, historically, it was one of five common childhood illnesses characterized by a rash. In most children, parvovirus infection is mild and requires little treatment. However, in some adults, the infection can be serious. Parvovirus infection in some pregnant women can lead to serious health problems for the fetus. Parvovirus infection is also more serious for people with some kinds of anemia or who have a compromised immune system. Most people with parvovirus infection have no signs or symptoms.
Slapped cheek syndrome
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