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June 1953

ERYTHEMA INFECTIOSUM: Outbreak in Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia Area

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AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1953;67(6):628-629. doi:10.1001/archderm.1953.01540060090012

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Since the occurrence of erythema infectiosum has not been reported so far in southeastern United States, the appearance of the disease during the summers of 1949, 1951, and 1952 in the Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia area is reported.

I saw the first two patients with this disease in Johnson City, Tenn., 22 miles (35 km.) from Bristol, in 1949. Between April 7 and Oct. 21, 1951, I saw 24 in Bristol, and between April 19 and Aug. 2, 1952, I saw four. Physicians in the Johnson City area saw several patients with the disease during the summer of 1951.

This report is based on the thirty cases of erythema infectiosum which I saw.

With two possible exceptions, the disease began with red cheeks. This redness varied from a diffuse erythema to closely grouped tiny papules on an erythematous base. It was most intense beneath the eyes, flaring out to either side from

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