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New Viral Exanthems.

A Martin Lerner, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(2_Part_1):328. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-2-328_2
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The common viral exanthems (measles, rubella, chicken pox, and herpes simplex) have been known to clinicians for as many as 200 years. However, many eruptions (particularly of childhood) have defied specific diagnosis. Descriptive phrases such as "fourth, fifth, or sixth diseases" have served little purpose. The new technology in virology has allowed isolation of previously unrecognized agents coupled with careful observation of patients and their controls. At this time five new illnesses with rash are known, which in the typical case can be recognized at the bedside. These are: (1) ECHO-9 exanthem; (2) Boston exanthem (ECHO-16); (3) vesicular stomatitis with


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