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is anemia contagious?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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Usually not...: Anemia can be caused by medications, auto-antibodies, iron deficiency (diet issues), bleeding, cancer, and inherited conditions (for example sickle cell disease). The only "contagious" cause i can think of are viruses. Viruses can sometimes transiently suppress the bone marrow's ability to make red blood cells (parvovirus for exmaple, though there are many).
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