Originally Posted by Barbie64g
I graduated in 98, and I can remember a number of times since then our school disctrict closing the high school and middle school because too many kids were out with the Flu-bug.
OH, and they sent home a note towards the end of the school year that there was a confirmed case of fifths disease.
GOOD LORD IN HEAVEN WHATEVER SHALL WE DO.
Well...just so you know, I'm pregnant (in my first trimester) and my son just recently had Fifth's Disease. So I'm learning a lot about it.
If you're in your 3rd trimester, it's fine. But unfortunately in your first, it can kill your baby. I was tested last week and didn't have any antibodies (so I didn't have it as a child) and I am going in for testing this afternoon to find out if that has changed, i.e. I got it, since I am not in the lifelong immunity group.
If I did, I will have to go for an ultrasound probably weekly to see if my baby survives; in 6 to 10 per cent of cases, the fetus develops a severe anemia that can result in heart failure. The only treatment option is blood transfusions, that I know of so far.
Now Fifth's is a tough one to know they've got because they're contagious before
they get the rash. In my son's case he was probably most contagious at home, but he was in school the day before he got the rash (we had no idea). We kept him home an extra day + weekend to be sure he couldn't spread it. We don't know where he got it, especially because Fifth's is such a mild illness...unless you're pregnant. So I totally get that there was not a way to prevent it.
But just so you know - I have already lost a child and had 9 early miscarriages. This is my last shot at having a baby, I kind of feel (almost 40) and this minor childhood disease has made me really stressed out, teary, and sad.
So - yeah.