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I'm a healthy adult who will be exposed to Rosceloa. Will I get the virus?

By Anonymous June 20, 2010 - 10:58am
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My great nephew just had roseola (he is 11 months). His papa has the HIV virus and now has the symptoms of roseola. I'm to babysit the little guy because papa is unable to go to work. Will I be at risk of getting it. I am 48 years old and very healthy. Thank you for this service.

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Most adults have already been exposed to Roseola as children, and it is very rare that an adult would become symptomatic (develop a fever or rash).

How long ago did your great nephew have the fever and rash? This virus is not very contagious, and the incubation period between exposure to the virus and onset of symptoms is nine to 10 days. If it has been longer than this time period, it would be extremely rare for you to become infected with this virus.

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June 20, 2010 - 8:00pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Hi Alison: My g-nephew had it week before last and is fully recovered. Daddy has it. He has a fever and rash. I was worried about catching it from Daddy since Daddy will be home as he is too ill to go to work. Since I sent this email, as a family we came up with a workable solution. The healthy daddy will bring my g-nephew to my house and I will look after him here....so problem solved. Thank you so much for your time.

June 20, 2010 - 8:18pm
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So glad this was solved. Your g-nephew is a lucky little boy to have you able to care for him!! You'll have to come back and tell us what fun you had. (And how tired he makes you, LOL!) Eleven months is such a great age. Enjoy!

June 22, 2010 - 8:33am
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