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Epidemic - location?
I had this around that time, I live in Missouri, near St. Louis, and the doctors told me this was going around the area at the time, though this is only 1 location...
when diseases causing childhood rashes were enumerated - Enumerated by whom? When? Bovlb 05:05, 2005 Mar 20 (UTC)
- Hmmm "[From its being fifth in frequency of rash-producing childhood diseases.]
1. measles, rubeola, 14-day measles 2. scarlet fever, scarlatina 3. rubella, German measles, 3-day measles 4. Duke's disease (caused by various viruses including coxsackievirus, enterovirus, or echovirus) 5. Fifth disease (erythema infectiosum, slapped cheek syndrome), caused by Parvovirus B19 6. Sixth disease (exanthem subitum, roseola infantum, rose rash of infants, baby measles)
was removed from the article when the template came in,
This section seems to have factual errors. The referenced articles contradict some of the statements here.
"Individuals with fifth disease are most infectious before the onset of symptoms."
Is contradicted by, "The first stage, occurring after an incubation period of four to 14 days, consists of a mild prodromal illness characterized by low-grade fever, headache and gastrointestinal symptoms. This stage, which often is unrecognized, corresponds with the period of viremia and the period of contagion." (from Sabella C, Goldfarb J (October 1999). "Parvovirus B19 infections". Am Fam Physician. 60 (5): 1455–60. PMID 10524489. Retrieved 2009-11-06.)
Additionally, this statement is misleading, "When symptoms are evident, there is little risk of transmission; therefore, symptomatic individuals don't need to be isolated."
Symptoms of Fifth include fever, headache and gastrointestinal symptoms, and when those are present individuals are contagious. Perhaps the statement should specify symptoms unique to Fifth (red cheeks). That would a true statement.
- We have a good write-up of fifth disease at Parvovirus B19#Fifth disease - better than here, in fact. I was about to add a "main article" cross-reference there when I realised a reference from here to there would probably be more helpful to the reader! – -SquisherDa (talk) 07:32, 12 November 2019 (UTC)