Talk:Fifth disease

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Epidemic - location?[edit]

"A significant increase in the number of cases is seen every three to four years; the last epidemic year was 1998." Where wwas this? Rich Farmbrough 15:36, 11 Nov 2004 (UTC)

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...

I have the fifth disease right now and it is really annoying, just like me :D. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:39, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

I've removed this sentence. Rich Farmbrough 13:48, 27 November 2005 (UTC)


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.]

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition" Rich Farmbrough 13:57, 27 November 2005 (UTC)

Note this

  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,


Perhaps Slap Cheek is the most common name? 13:53, 27 November 2005 (UTC) If so move it there. Rich Farmbrough 13:53, 27 November 2005 (UTC)


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)