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BJOG. 2011 Sep;118(10):1155-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2011.02983.x. Epub 2011 May 18.

Varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox) infection in pregnancy.

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Perinatology Research Branch, NICHD/NIH/DHHS, Bethesda, MD, USA. rlamont@med.wayne.edu

Abstract

Congenital varicella syndrome, maternal varicella-zoster virus pneumonia and neonatal varicella infection are associated with serious fetomaternal morbidity and, not infrequently, mortality. Vaccination against varicella-zoster virus can prevent the disease, and outbreak control limits the exposure of pregnant women to the infectious agent. Maternal varicella-zoster immunoglobulin administration before rash development, with or without antiviral medication, can modify the progression of the disease.

PMID:
21585641
PMCID:
PMC3155623
DOI:
10.1111/j.1471-0528.2011.02983.x
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