Human Parvovirus

About 50 percent of all adults have been infected sometime during childhood or adolescence with parvovirus B19, a virus that only infects humans. About 25 percent of people infected with this virus never develop any symptoms. Another 50 percent will only have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, excessive tiredness, headache, and muscle pain. The remaining 25 percent will have the classic symptoms of infection, including:
 
  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling.
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Many of the illnesses that parvovirus B19 can cause have been categorized into syndromes, such as:
 
  • Fifth disease (erythema infectiosum or slapped cheek syndrome)
  • Arthropathy (a condition that affects the joints)
  • Chronic anemia in people with a compromised immune system.
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Many of these conditions occur because parvovirus B19 causes problems with cells in the bone marrow.
 
(Click Parvovirus B19 to learn more about the effects of this virus.)
 

Human Parvovirus

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