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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: Risk of Parvovirus B19 Infection during pregnancy


 Stephanie Meiz - Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:43 pm

I am currently 31 weeks pregnant. My younger brother recently started exhibiting symptoms of the Parvovirus B19 (rash and fever) about 4 days ago. My question is should I avoid all contact with him until his rash clears up, and are there any complications that can occur if I do come in contact with him?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:12 pm

User avatar Hello,
About 50% of the adult population has already had this infection from childhood and are therefore immune to it as adults. You can have the level checked by your doctor to know for sure. Also if you use good handwashing in your home, chances are you will avoid it anyway. There is no preventive medication for this. It spreads rapidly in children because they often are not diligent in their hygiene and handwashing at school, etc. and are not yet immune.

You should discuss this concern with your OB at your next checkup.

Good luck.

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