fifth disease

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fifth disease

n.
A usually mild disease, primarily of children, that is caused by a parvovirus and is characterized by fever, a prominent, often bright red rash on the cheeks that may spread to the trunk and limbs, and swollen, painful joints. Also called erythema infectiosum.

[From its being fifth in frequency of rash-producing childhood diseases.]

fifth disease

n
(Pathology) a mild infectious disease of childhood, caused by a virus, characterized by fever and a red rash spreading from the cheeks to the limbs and trunk. Also called: slapped-cheek disease Technical name: erythema infectiosum
[C20: from its being among the five most common childhood infections]
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It recommends pupils take zero days off school should they contract a range of conditions including hand, foot and mouth, conjunctivitis, glandular fever, head lice, threadworm, tonsillitis and slapped cheek.
he instructs in a way that would get a pasty Englishman a slapped cheek.
It urged pupils to take "zero days" off school should they contract a range of conditions including hand foot and mouth, conjunctivitis, glandular fever, head lice, threadworm, tonsillitis and slapped cheek.
Passed through direct contact and saliva, slapped cheek syndrome is another fast-spreading infection that is upsetting but not usually serious, although can have cold-like symptoms, a raised temperature, a headache and possibly itchy skin.
SLAPPED CHEEK SYNDROME "The most obvious symptom is a very distinctive red rash on the cheeks, which gives the condition its name," said Dr Piccaver.
SLAPPED CHEEK SYNDROME THIS parvovirus infection can cause mild flu-like symptoms, followed several days later by a bright red rash on both cheeks, which may spread to other parts of the body and cause discomfort and itching.
Q: I think my toddler might have slapped cheek syndrome.
The illness - known as slapped cheek syndrome - is common in childhood and causes a rash or reddening to the face.
Health experts alert to prevalence of slapped cheek disease
Do they realise how ill tonsillitis can make u, I never suffered myself b4 but the last 2 years on both occasions I have been so ill with it, slapped cheek hand foot and mouth really
So please, spare us the advice that our children need zero days off school for hand foot and mouth, conjunctivitis, glandular fever, head lice, threadworm, tonsillitis and slapped cheek.