I am so sorry to hear you lost a baby due to parvovirus. Thank you for sharing your story so people know how serious parvovirus can be in pregnancy. OP -
I was contacted by my SIL when I was 20 weeks to let me know her DD had come down with it and we had recent contact with them at a birthday party. (It was going around their group of friends but I wasn't told this until afterwards!).
I'm doing shared care & contacted a midwife at the BC who took it very seriously and said I needed a blood test ASAP. My GP gave me an appt that afternoon, took the blood sample herself, sent it to pathology then I waited for results.
There are two things they check for - IgM, evidence of recent exposure, and IgG evidence of past exposure which most often means immunity. DH was also tested in case I didn't have it but he did then he could give it to me.
Results were that I had past exposure. This was a relief & a surprise as I never knew that I'd had it as a child. Unfortunately my mum died 7 years ago so I wasn't able to ask her and my dad would have no idea!
My result regarding recent exposure however was 'equivocal', which meant it could not be confirmed or denied at that point and I had to have repeat testing. My GP said the test is not perfect and can pick up on other viruses. (I had been unwell with cold symptoms.) Repeat testing showed no recent exposure, which was a relief.
My SIL ended up getting parvovirus (didn't tell me though!) and so did her 10 month old baby. So it can be quite contagious in households and is definitely something to take seriously. My SIL was a bit blasé about it and I'm sure she thought I was over-reacting about getting tested and retested. She had no idea about the seriousness of it and thought I could just get some antibiotics and that would be it.
As mentioned before, if there is past exposure, careful monitoring would be required, including ultrasounds and if required blood transfusions in utero. There is decreased risk apparently after 20 weeks. Like you, I had not yet reached that point at time of exposure.
I hope it all turns out okay for you. Odds are you will be fine but important to get tested. I'm really surprised that you were told you were fine initially by someone without any testing. Was this a health provider?
Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 02 February 2013 - 06:17 AM.