Parvovirus Symptoms in Humans

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A parvovirus infection, also called an erythema infectiosum or fifth disease, is a contagious virus that affects humans and is also common in cats and dogs. It is relatively mild and usually resolves itself in a matter of weeks.

Rash

  • Parvovirus leaves a mild rash, referred to as "slapped cheek" rash on the face, torso and limbs. The rash may or may not itch.

Children

  • Most common in children, parvovirus rash may also be accompanied by cold-like symptoms including headache, sore throat, fatigue and fever.

Adults

  • In adults the most prevalent symptom is joint pain and swelling, which generally goes away in a matter of weeks. Half of the adults infected with parvovirus become immune following their illness.

Exposure

  • Exposure of the parvovirus rash to extreme cold or sunlight may make the rash more visible and irritable.

Asymptomatic Parvovirus

  • It is possible for persons to have parvovirus and transmit it to others, but not experience any symptoms themselves.

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