How is parvovirus B19 (B19V) infection prevented?

Updated: Oct 11, 2019
  • Author: David J Cennimo, MD, FAAP, FACP, AAHIVS; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Phase I clinical trials are currently evaluating vaccine candidates against parvovirus B19. [2, 8]

The risk of contagion in typical erythema infectiosum in the community is the highest during the early stages of the infection when symptoms are least specific and the disease more difficult to diagnose. Little rationale warrants excluding children with Fifth disease exanthem from daycare centers and school and adults from work. [43]

In addition to standard precautions, droplet precautions are recommended for hospitalized children with aplastic crises, children with the papular purpuric "gloves and socks" syndrome (PPGSS), and immunosuppressed patients with chronic infection and anemia for the duration of hospitalization. [9]

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