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Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2014 May;99(3):F240-4. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2013-303762. Epub 2014 Mar 3.

Management of neonatal herpes simplex virus infection and exposure.

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  • 1Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, , Birmingham, Alabama, USA.


Neonatal herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections are rare but are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Advances in diagnostic modalities to identify these infants, as well as the development of safe and effective antiviral therapy, have revolutionised the management of affected infants. This review will summarise the epidemiology of neonatal HSV infections and discuss the management of infants with HSV exposure and infection.


PCR; acyclovir; genital herpes; neonatal herpes

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