This is known as fifth disease because it was fifth in the list of historical classification of common skin rashes illness in children. It is a communicable disease being caused by parvovirus.
The first symptoms of fifth disease are usually fever, runny nose and headache.
Then it raised red, warm rashes appears on cheeks (slapped cheeks appearance) As the rashes starts to go away it may look lacy.
Method of spread
Spread due to contact with infected respiratory secretions.
Also spread from infected mother to fetus.
(the period between the initial infection and the appearance of symptoms)
Incubation period is 4-20 days from date of contact.
(the time during which an infectious agent may be transferred directly or indirectly)
Before onset of the rashes and probably not after the rashes.
Staying homes when you are sick.
Washing your hands after with soap and water.
Covering of your nose and mouth when you are sneezing or coughing.
There is no vaccine or medicine that can prevent parvovirus, so consult your physician for medical treatment.