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Definition of Exanthem subitum

Exanthem subitum: Means a sudden rash. A viral disease of infants and young children with sudden onset of high fever which lasts several days and then suddenly subsides leaving in its wake a fine red rash. The causative agent is herpesvirus type 6 so the disease is known as Sixth Disease. Also called Pseudorubella, Roseola, Roseola infantilis, and Roseola infantum.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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