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Fifth disease. This is caused by the virus parvovirus B19, and symptoms also include fever. It is most common in children aged between 5 and 15. In adults the virus causes arthritis. In pregnant women it can cause spontaneous abortion or lead to birth defects. Treatment is of the fever, with anti-pyretic drugs, and rash, with soothing lotions, not the infection.
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