A sinister side to 'slapped cheek'

Parvovirus infection in pregnancy can have serious implications including miscarriage and fetal anaemia.

Parvovirus infection in pregnancy

Maryanne is a 32-year-old woman who is 20 weeks into her second pregnancy. Her first child, a boy aged four, attends a childcare facility.

For the past few days, he has been irritable, with a headache and has now developed a facial rash. A clinical diagnosis of fifth disease (erythema infectiosum) is made by Maryanne’s GP.

Although she was asymptomatic at the time of