(HealthDay News) -- Fifth disease is a viral illness that
primarily affects young children who attend school.
Caused by the human parvovirus B19, it's generally a mild
illness but it can be extremely harmful to a fetus if a pregnant
woman becomes ill with the disease.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists these common
symptoms of fifth disease:
- Cheeks that are extremely bright red in color it looks like
they've been slapped.
- A red, "lacy"-patterned rash that starts on the cheeks,
eventually moving to the arms and legs.
- A fever.
- Pain in the joints.
- Anemia that's only temporary.
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