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Prevention, recognition and management of neonatal HSV infections.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22734957     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Neonatal HSV is most commonly transmitted at the time of delivery with the risk being dramatically higher if the mother has first-episode genital HSV and does not have an elective Cesarean section. Maternal HSV type-specific serology can be used to differentiate first-episode from recurrent infection in this setting, allowing for use of empiric acyclovir for the highest risk infants. There is a need for new strategies as current methods of prevention of transmission of HSV to neonates have limited effectiveness, as they do not account for the fact that the majority of transmission occurs from asymptomatic women. After transmission has occurred, early recognition of neonatal HSV improves the prognosis. Diagnosis needs to be considered in all infants who develop vesicles, unexplained seizures, or possible sepsis in the first 5 weeks of life.
Joan L Robinson; Wendy L Vaudry; Sarah E Forgie; Bonita E Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Expert review of anti-infective therapy     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1744-8336     ISO Abbreviation:  Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101181284     Medline TA:  Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  675-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Stollery Children's Hospital & University of Alberta, 3-556 ECHA 11405-87 Avenue, Edmonton, T6G 1C9, AB, Canada.
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