Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

IT’S com­monly called ‘slapped cheek syn­drome’, but the cor­rect name for a com­mon child­hood in­fec­tion is par­vovirus B19.

It usu­ally causes a mild self-lim­it­ing ill­ness. How­ever, it is im­por­tant to iden­tify it as it can cause com­pli­ca­tions in preg­nancy and also among peo­ple who are im­muno­com­pro­mised or who have hemoglobinopathies, such as sickle cell dis­ease.

There is no spe­cific treat­ment for par­vovirus B19, the Health Pro­tec­tion Sur­veil­lance Cen­tre says. How­ever, it is im­por­tant that preg­nant women who have been ex­posed to par­vovirus B19 are in­ves­ti­gated even if they are asymp­to­matic, as there may be as­so­ci­ated risks to the de­vel­op­ing foe­tus. In­creases in in­fec­tion are seen in late spring and early sum­mer.

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