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How did fifth disease get its name?

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Fifth disease got its name many years ago when it was the fifth on a list of the six recognized childhood rash-forming illnesses; the others include rubella, measles, scarlet fever, chickenpox, and roseola infantum. It also is called slapped-cheek disease because of the characteristic initial appearance in children.

SOURCES: American Academy of Pediatrics. 2003
Red Book Report on the Committee of Infectious Diseases (Amerian Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infections Diseases//Report of the Committee on Infections Diseases)

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Pediatrics. 2003
Red Book Report on the Committee of Infectious Diseases (Amerian Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infections Diseases//Report of the Committee on Infections Diseases)

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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