Parvovirus B19

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Also known as: Parvovirus; Fifth Disease test; Parvo B19; Erythema infectiosum
Formal name: Erythrovirus B19
Related tests: Reticulocyte Count

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine if you have, or recently had, a parvovirus B19 infection and if you are at an increased risk of complications from this viral infection

When to Get Tested?

When a pregnant woman has been exposed to someone with parvovirus B19; when a person, especially an immune-compromised person, has persistent or severe anaemia

Sample Required?

A blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm to test for the presence of parvovirus B19 antibody. To detect the virus itself a blood or rarely a bone marrow sample is required.

Test Preparation Needed?

None