Congenital Herpes Simplex Virus in the Newborn: A Diagnostic Dilemma.


Although congenital herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is rare, it is associated with severe morbidity. We report a 36-week gestational age infant who presented with atypical skin lesions, presumably mitigated by exposure to maternal antiviral suppressive therapy. The initial absence of typical herpetic vesicles and lack of viral detection in skin lesions delayed the correct diagnosis, highlighting the importance of differentiating HSV from other neonatal rashes.

DOI: 10.1093/jpids/piw013

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@article{Purewal2016CongenitalHS, title={Congenital Herpes Simplex Virus in the Newborn: A Diagnostic Dilemma.}, author={Rupena Purewal and Lisa Costello and Srikanth Garlapati and Sanjay Mitra and Michelle C. Mitchell and Kathryn S. Moffett}, journal={Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society}, year={2016}, volume={5 3}, pages={e21-3} }