Parvovirus B19 Antibody

Parvovirus is a group of viruses that usually causes the development of illness in animals. Parvovirus B19 is a strain of this virus that can cause the development of severe illness in humans by breaking down immature red blood cells in the bone marrow or by causing the complete failure of bone marrow function. Children affected with this virus will usually develop erythema infectiosum, which is also known as academy rash or fifth disease. This disease is now being associated with purpura (numerous tiny bruises), aplastic anemia, joint pain and swelling, and arthritis. Parvovirus B19 is a newly developed blood test that measures the amount of immunoglobulins (antibodies) specific to current or past viral infections with Parvovirus B19.

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