Fifth Disease

Individual cases of this disease are not reportable. All outbreaks are Immediately reportable to the local health department.

Fifth disease is a mild rash illness caused by a virus. It is most often seen in children. The virus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The first symptoms are usually mild and include symptoms similar to the common cold. After several days, a red rash on the face appears. This is the most common symptom and is called "slapped cheek" rash. While most people are immune to the virus, pregnant women should talk to a doctor if they have been near someone with fifth disease.

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Last Reviewed: 5/4/2017