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By Florea, Anca V; Ionescu, Diana N; Melhem, Mona F Human parvovirus B19 is a single-stranded DNA virus with a predilection for infecting rapidly dividing cell lines, such as bone marrow erythroid progenitor cells.
In 1998, Tammy Delancey was in the sixth month of her second pregnancy when she volunteered for a day at her son's elementary school in Zanesville, Ohio. "I'm pretty sure I got it there," she recalled. "It" is a largely harmless pathogen called parvovirus B19, passed like the cold or flu from person to person.
The B19 virus, referred to as parvovirus B19, was first known human virus in the family of parvovirus. It causes a childhood rash called fifth disease or commonly called slapped cheek syndrome. Discovered in 1975 by Yvonne Cossart, the virus gained its name because it was found in well B19 of a large series of Petri dishes. The virus is mainly spread through infected respiratory droplets. Symptoms usually appear six days after exposure and last about a week. Patients aren't usually...
The B19 virus, or parvovirus, was the first found human virus in the parvovirus family. It causes a childhood rash called fifth disease also commonly called slapped cheek syndrome. Yvonne Cossart discovered it by chance in 1975. It gained its name, B19, due to the labeled Petri dishes it was found in. The virus is classified as erythrovirus due to its capability to invade red blood cell precursors in the bone marrow. It is primarily spread by infected respiratory droplets. Symptoms...
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