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Parvovirus B19

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Parvovirus B19 infection, also known as erythema infectiosum, fifth disease, or slapped cheek syndrome, is a viral infection that only affects humans. Outbreaks of the infection are common in preschool and young school aged children. Studies have shown that more than 50% of adults have been infected with parvovirus B19 at some time and therefore have lifelong immunity. Parvovirus B19 cannot be transmitted to or from animals and is not the same condition as dog 'parvo'.

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Last updated: 5 June 2023

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