Here at fifthdisease.org, we have been focusing our efforts over the past 3 years on increasing awareness to women of child-bearing age on the risks associated with Fifth Disease infection during pregnancy. We have also worked with members of the healthcare community to ensure that they are also aware of the risks involved. Our priority has always been to ensure that our message is clear, educational and that it doesn’t result in unnecessary stress or fear to the women, but rather serves uniquely as an educational resource.
As part of getting our message across, we are delighted that in an episode of the medical drama ‘ER’, “Under the Influence” (showing on NBC, Thursday 25th October, 10 pm EST), the storyline features a woman who contracts Fifth Disease from the school where she works. The Parvovirus B19 infection leads to the development of hydrops fetalis, and the woman is finally successfully treated though intrauterine transfusion.
We believe that by watching the show, viewers will become more aware of the nature of the infection, as well as being able to see a well-presented case study of the possible effects of Fifth Disease infection to pregnancy.
In alerting you to this feature on ‘ER’, we’d also like to let you know that NBC have a great feature on their website (www.nbc.com/ER) where the visitor can watch current or past episodes directly online - so don’t worry about missing the first screening of the show!
We’d also like to invite 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.
Should you want to check your own status, testing laboratories can be accessed through the internet. Follow the link below to a site that can organise testing in approved laboratories.
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. They will be able to determine what the next steps are for you and if you are at risk or not.