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Any other humans in here ever have parvo?

April 5th, 2007, 08:47 PM
This seems weird I suppose, but has any other human ever had the parvo virus? Everyone thinks I'm weird for having a 'dog virus'. I had it 2 years ago.

I don't know of anyone else who has had it so I'm just wondering :P

April 5th, 2007, 10:06 PM
In 7th grade I was diagnosed with the fifth disease. After researching on google human parvovirus, I have found the 2 are one and the same. So, my answer is yes I have had parvovirus B19!

I have been healthy since and the only symptoms I had at the time (luckily) was the red "slap" cheeks. I missed a whole week of school because it is contagious and was going through the school.

Thanks for this post as I was never aware it had another name!

Further info:
About 50% of adults, however, have been previously infected with parvovirus B19, have developed immunity to the virus, and cannot get fifth disease.

Fifth disease is caused by infection with human parvovirus B19. This virus infects only humans. Pet dogs or cats may be immunized against "parvovirus," but these are animal parvoviruses that do not infect humans. Therefore, a child cannot "catch" parvovirus from a pet dog or cat, and a pet cat or dog cannot catch human parvovirus B19 from an ill child.

Hope you're feeling better, in more ways than one!:)

April 5th, 2007, 10:21 PM
I don't think I've had it but maybe I have.:P When I went to look it up there seemed to be quite a bit of conflicting info as to whether dogs and other animals can pass it on to humans or not. It looks like the strain for humans is different so you probably had the human parvo virus. I don't think its wierd. Sorry you had it though and I hope it cleared up okay for you.

Here are some of the articles I got my info from,

Another interesting one but its quite technical sounding: (slow not sure if it will connect)

he he you beat me to it Kyra glad you are feeling better.:) I think I may ask my Dr about this now because I have undiagnosed arthritis and apparently this can be a cause for some people.

April 5th, 2007, 11:02 PM
Ohh my doctors never told me that it was a different thing. They called it the fifth diesese only once or twice but every other time they just called it parvo. and when my mom asked them how i could catch a dog virus they were like 'dunno'

Wow, my doctors are erm o_O

Hmm thanks, you're the first person whos actually told me its a different string of whatever.

But still I think it's odd that i got it xD

Ohh and ps, as for the slapped cheek thing, I didn't get that. I actually got slapped arm. I had this weird rash on my arm for a week and when I went to the nurse and mentioned it it was passed off as an alergic reaction.

And like a week before a letter had gone out about the fifth diesese going around.

Needless to say, I listend to my nurse and never got treatment or anything and untill I got some bloodwork 2 months later I learned I had it as well as mono. Which was also going around

My elementary school was sure a breeding ground for diesese o_O

April 6th, 2007, 12:24 PM
That happened to me too when I was in high school, different situation but I had scabies yucky but it happens, anyway it was going around which I didn't find out till much later. It took my Dr. SIX MONTHS to figure it out (I even had ALL the typical symptoms), he kept saying I must have skin irritation from detergents or something. Grrrrr it is very itchy! All he had to do was take a little scrape and look under the microscope to find the little pest. It took the specialist all of two minutes to figure it out.:rolleyes:

I always investigate any health problems I'm having now just in case it is something really serious, that way I can suggest to the Dr. what I think it is if they seem off track. Its pretty easy to look up symptoms on google, i've heard some nurses and doctors do just that because there are so many different symptoms and illnesses that can get mixed up, it takes a bit more work though I guess. :P

Hope your mono is all better now too!! Its no fun being tired all the time.