Slap-cheek syndrome

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 ...1

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Symptoms of Slap-cheek syndrome

Signs and SymptomsParvovirus B19 usually causes a mild illness.  An infected person may be mildly unwell with a slight fever and “cold” symptoms which last for a few days, followed in most cases by an itchy rash. Children with ...2

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Complications of Slap-cheek syndrome

Complications are rare with parvovirus B19. However an unborn baby that is infected (especially in the first half of the pregnancy), or people with pre-existing anaemia (Sickle Cell Disease) or immune system problems may suffer severe anaemia and become ...3

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Causes of Slap-cheek syndrome

Slapped cheek is caused by the human parvovirus B19 (no connection to the animal parvovirus). ...Source: New Zealand Health4 ...

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Causes List for Slap-cheek syndrome

Some possible causes of Slap-cheek syndrome or similar disorders may include:5

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Diagnosis of Slap-cheek syndrome

A doctor can often diagnose parvovirus B19 by seeing the typical rash during a physical examination. In cases in which it is important to confirm the diagnosis, a blood test can be taken to test for parvovirus B19. ...Source: Queensland Health ...6

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Treatments: Slap-cheek syndrome

Treatment:  For mild disease, usually no treatment is required other than to rest, with pain relief as needed. Blood transfusions and other treatments may be needed for people who suffer from severe anaemia. ...Source: Queensland Health7 ...

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Prevention of Slap-cheek syndrome

Prevention:  There is no vaccine or medicine that prevents parvovirus B19 infection. You can reduce your chance of being infected with parvovirus B19 or infecting others by

  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • covering your mouth and nose ...
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Names and Terminology

Slapped cheek syndrome, Parvovirus B19, Fifth’s Disease ...Source: GOV.UK8 ...

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  1. Source: Queensland Health: HealthCondition/ condition/ 14/ 217/ 105/ parvovirus-b19
  2. ibid.
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: New Zealand Health: your-health/ conditions-and-treatments/ diseases-and-illnesses/ slapped-cheek
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: Queensland Health: HealthCondition/ condition/ 14/ 217/ 105/ parvovirus-b19
  7. ibid.
  8. Source: GOV.UK: government/ publications/ health-protection-in-schools-and-other-childcare-facilities/ chapter-9-managing-specific-infectious-diseases

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