Concurrent detection of human herpesvirus type 6 and measles-specific IgMs during acute exanthematic human parvovirus B19 infection

J Med Virol. 2006 Nov;78(11):1449-51. doi: 10.1002/jmv.20715.


A familial outbreak of human parvovirus B19 infection is described in which serological tests carried out routinely for determining the causal agent of febrile rashes of viral etiology failed to yield a definitive diagnosis. Concurrent detection of serum IgMs to parvovirus B19 and to heterologous viruses such as human herpesvirus type 6 (HHV-6) and measles virus complicated interpretation of the data. IgG avidity tests and investigation and testing for the presence of viral DNA in sera by PCR were required to confirm parvovirus B19. The study stresses the importance of avidity and PCR tests to obtain a firm diagnosis of febrile exanthematic viral diseases.

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Viral / blood
  • Child
  • DNA, Viral / blood
  • Erythema Infectiosum / diagnosis*
  • Erythema Infectiosum / immunology
  • Exanthema Subitum / diagnosis*
  • Exanthema Subitum / immunology
  • Female
  • Herpesvirus 6, Human / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin M / blood*
  • Male
  • Measles virus / immunology*
  • Parvovirus B19, Human / immunology*


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • DNA, Viral
  • Immunoglobulin M