Fifth-disease sentence example
The Latin name for fifth disease is erythema infectiosum, meaning infectious redness.
The virus that causes fifth disease lives in the nose, mouth, and throat of an infected person; therefore, the virus can be spread through the air by coughing and sneezing.
Studies show that although 40 percent to 60 percent of adults worldwide have laboratory evidence of a past parvovirus B19 infection, most of these adults cannot remember having had symptoms of fifth disease.
Other symptoms that sometimes occur with fifth disease include swollen glands, red eyes, and diarrhea.
In older teens and adults, fifth disease may be followed by joint swelling or pain in the hands, wrists, knees, and ankles, lasting from a few months to several years.Advertisement
As a result, women who get fifth disease while they are pregnant should be monitored closely by a physician.
Because fifth disease can pose problems for an unborn fetus exposed to the disease through the mother, testing for the disease may be conducted while a fetus is still in the uterus.
Generally, fifth disease is mild, and patients tend to improve without any complications.
As of 2004, there was no vaccine against fifth disease.
Generally parents should not be concerned if their child contracts fifth disease.Advertisement
However, studies show that most of the adults cannot remember having had fifth disease.
Most kids who have fifth disease probably will not realize that they had it until it has passed.
Since most adults don't remember ever having fifth disease, it is safe to say that complications from fifth disease are relatively rare.
However, some people who get infected with fifth disease (particularly older teens and adults), also have swollen glands, diarrhea, and after the rash clears joint pain.
Interestingly, a person who has the tell tale rash of fifth disease is not generally contagious.Advertisement
FifthDisease.org-This site is aimed at pregnant mothers, for whom contracting fifth disease can have serious complications for the health of the baby.