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Can women have birth defects or anything bad if they get a virus?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on virus: Some localized viral issues like colds are very limited in their penetration into the body & don't have a blood phase. These are unlikely to affect a fetus.Those that have a blood phase, like german measles, can cause fetal loss, hearing & vision loss, cataracts & more. Effect is often influenced by the timing (before or after organs finished forming) & aggressive nature of the virus.

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Last updated May 12, 2012

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