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Australas Med J. 2011;4(6):291-3. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2011.682. Epub 2011 Jun 30.

Neonatal varicella: A case report.

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Professor, Department of Pediatrics, MM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India.


Chicken pox is an infectious childhood disease. It is rare in infants and newborns due to passive immunity received from the mother. The characteristic skin eruptions in chicken pox are vesicular with erythematous base and accompanied with pruritus. The skin of the palms and soles is typically spared. We report a case of neonatal varicella where the mother was having skin eruptions at the time of delivery and the neonate contracted it during the perinatal period and developed clinical disease on the day five of life. Specific anti-viral therapy was given to the mother and the baby and the recovery was uneventful.


Neonatal varicella; congenital chickenpox; pregnancy

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