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What should I know about fifth disease?

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Fifth disease is usually mild. It is spread by respiratory droplets that enter the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through blood. It poses little risk to healthy children and adults, with a couple of exceptions: pregnant women and people with certain types of chronic anemia. If a pregnant woman is infected in the first half of her pregnancy, there is a small risk of severe anemia in the fetus and a 10% risk of miscarriage.

SOURCES: American Academy of Pediatrics. 2003
Red Book Report on the Committee of Infectious Diseases (Amerian Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infections Diseases//Report of the Committee on Infections Diseases)

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Pediatrics. 2003
Red Book Report on the Committee of Infectious Diseases (Amerian Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infections Diseases//Report of the Committee on Infections Diseases)

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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