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Parvovirus

Also known as Slapped Cheek Disease or Fifth Disease, this is an infectious disease that mainly affects children and causes a rash that starts on the cheeks - hence the name. Speak to your doctor if you come into contact with slapped cheek disease and you are pregnant, since this infection can be harmful to the baby (if you are infected in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, there is a 15% increased risk of miscarriage). Immunity can be checked with a blood test (around 60% of women are immune) - although most babies of pregnant women infected with slapped cheek disease are not affected.

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