Parvovirus Infection Transmission
Facts about the transmission of erythema infectiosum:
- The virus is spread during sneezing and coughing.
- The virus is expelled into the air on water droplets.
- The infection occurs after inhaling the water droplets that contain virus.
Parvovirus Infection Pregnancy
The greatest risk of erythema infectiosum is to a fetus in a pregnant women. Birth defects may occur if the fetus is infected during pregnancy. If a pregnant woman is exposed to a child with erythema infectiosum, then she should see her OB-GYN doctor as soon as possible.
Continue to Parvovirus Infection Anatomy
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