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A nasty rash common with kids is spreading across the Ozarks.

Fifth disease, also known as parvovirus infection, can look like your child has been slapped across the cheek.The contagious rash is common in kids between the ages of five and 15.

Health officials say symptoms often mimic a mild common cold, followed by a rash that has a lace pattern. The rash can even appear on arms and legs.

Once the rash appears, the virus is no longer viral and typically clears up on its own within days or weeks.

However, fifth disease affects your red blood cells, so people who are anemic or pregnant need to be careful.

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