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Roseola infantum

Roseola infantum is a viral disease and, being caused by two common and closely related viruses i.e. human herpes virus (H.H.V.) herpes simplex virus (H.S.V.).It is also known as sixth disease.


Sudden onset of fever followed by raised red rashes on the trunk.
Later rashes spread on the body.
It is most common in infants and preschoolers.

Method of spread

Roseola is spread from infected person to healthy person is by respiratory fluids and saliva.
It is commonly spread by sneezing and coughing.

Incubation period

(the period between the initial infection and the appearance of symptoms)
Usually takes 5-15 days from date of contact.

Communicable period

(the time during which an infectious agent may be transferred directly or indirectly
Communicable period greatest during fever, before rashes appear.


Avoid contact with other children.
Cover your mouth before sneezing or cough.

What to do?

Contact fever with acetaminophen or as doctor advised.
Adequate fluid intake.


Proper hand washing and promote good hygiene.
To avoid exposing your child to an infected person or child.
Avoid sending child to school, day cares etc. until the fever is over.