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Can fifth disease be transferred to a pregnant woman's fetus in the final trimester?
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Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Yes
Fifth disease is a viral process that is usually experienced in childhood.
It can infect a susceptible adult, pregnant or not. During the illness the normal body's bone marrow often slows down blood production for a while, but this goes unnoticed since we only replace 1-2% of out blood/day. However, if a fetus experiences 5ths, the effect can be significant. Close OB monitoring is important.

In brief: Yes
Fifth disease is a viral process that is usually experienced in childhood.
It can infect a susceptible adult, pregnant or not. During the illness the normal body's bone marrow often slows down blood production for a while, but this goes unnoticed since we only replace 1-2% of out blood/day. However, if a fetus experiences 5ths, the effect can be significant. Close OB monitoring is important.
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