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Slapped cheek syndrome (Parvovirus infection)

Slapped cheek syndrome (Parvovirus infection)

This is also known as fifth disease or erythema infectiosum, a type of viral infection that is common in children although it can affect anyone of any age. It results from being infected with human parvovirus B19, characterized by a rash. It is highly contagious, just like a cold, often through respiratory secretions and hand to hand contact. The symptoms vary greatly depending on the age of the person who has this condition.

The signs and symptoms in children include: