What is included in inpatient care for erythema infectiosum (fifth disease)?

Updated: Mar 06, 2020
  • Author: Glenn L Zellman, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Most children with aplastic crisis require hospitalization and probable transfusion and/or intravenous immunoglobulin therapy.

Hospitalized patients with erythema infectiosum need no special isolation precautions; however, patients with aplastic crisis or immunosuppression with human PV-B19 infection should be isolated.

Pregnant health-care workers should be informed of the potential risks to the fetus from PV-B19 infections. They should not be involved in treatment of immunocompromised patients with chronic parvovirus infection or patients with human PV-B19–associated aplastic crisis.


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