Fifthdisease.org would like to welcome the readers of American Baby magazine!

Here at fifthdisease.org we believe in providing the best information possible in helping to provide you, with the necessary knowledge to best protect you and your baby against the risk of Fifth disease.

Fifth Disease is caused by the virus Parvovirus B19. It commonly infects children and typically causes a mild rash that may resemble a “slapped-cheek”. Other symptoms that can occur include joint pain, fever, and general flu-like symptoms. Fifth disease does not have any lasting effects in healthy children and adults. However if contracted when pregnant or immuno-compromised (a weak immune system), complications may arise.

We would like you to take a few moments to read through our website and educate yourself on the possible risks to you and your baby and select the information that is best suited to you.

In order to set your mind at ease, by following the link below you will find a list of questions that will enable you to discuss with your healthcare provider about the risk that you may be exposed to, in relation to Fifth Disease. This shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Once you have completed these questions, print them out and take them with you on your next visit to your healthcare provider. They will be able to determine what the next steps are for you and if you are at risk or not.

A simple blood test is available to your healthcare provider in order to determine if you or your baby has been exposed to Fifth disease. This test is designed look for antibodies to parvovirus B19. Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system in response to parvovirus B19 and other infectious agents.

We also suggest that you also take our purpose-written patient information booklet and algorithm of care sheet along with you on your next visit to your healthcare provider.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information or clarification on info@fifthdisease.org


The very best of luck in your pregnancy and keep well,


Kind Regards,


The fifthdisease.org team


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