herpes genitalis

Neonatal herpes infection with Herpes genitalis Type II is a potentially devastating infection of the newborn. This infection can affect the fetus with terrible consequences of brain, liver and blood system damage. If a baby passes down the birth canal where active Herpes lesions are present, or even is exposed to the virus by reason of the mother's membranes being ruptured with active lesions present in the birth canal, it can become infected with the virus with similarly serious consequences. For this reason, mothers with active or suspected Herpes type II genital infection are delivered by Caesarian section. Any baby born with even one lesion suspected of being herpetic will usually receive aggressive anti-viral treatment in the hospital.

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