How can a fever after a red rash on the cheeks be signs of fifth disease?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fifth disease usually starts out as a fever that's followed by a bright red rash on the cheeks. Fifth disease is caused by a virus. Other early symptoms commonly include a headache and runny nose. Along with the fever, these cold-like symptoms typically disappear a few days before the rash occurs. Fifth disease usually clears up on its own within a few weeks. It most commonly occurs in children under 15, though adults can develop this condition, too.

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