Fifth Disease (cont.)

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How is fifth disease spread, when is the contagious stage, and should I be isolated if I have fifth disease?

The virus of fifth disease is spread mostly by droplets. This means that when an infected person coughs or sneezes, the virus can be spread. However, once the rash is present, the person is usually no longer contagious and need not be isolated.

Is it possible to prevent the spread of fifth disease?

Similar to most viral illnesses, the best way to prevent the spread of the disease is by good hand hygiene, covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough, and by staying home when you're sick.


American Academy of Pediatrics. "Parvovirus B19 (Erythema Infectiosum, Fifth Disease)." In: Pickering LK, ed. Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 28th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009: 491-493. Available at:

Broliden, K et. al. "Clinical Aspects of Parvovirus B19 Infection." Journal of Internal Medicine 260.4 Oct. 2006: 285-304.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/6/2013

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