The management of varicella‐zoster virus exposure and infection in pregnancy and the newborn period

@article{Heuchan2001TheMO,
  title={The management of varicella‐zoster virus exposure and infection in pregnancy and the newborn period},
  author={Anne‐Marle Heuchan and David Isaacs},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
  year={2001},
  volume={174}
}
Zoster immunoglobulin (ZIG) should be offered to pregnant, varicella‐seronegative women with significant. exposure to varicella‐zoster virus (VZV) (chickenpox) infection. Oral aciclovir prophylaxis should be considered for susceptible pregnant women exposed to VZV who did not receive ZIG or have risk factors for severe disease. Intravenous aciclovir should be given to pregnant women who develop complicated varicella at any stage of pregnancy. Counselling on the risk of congenital varicella… 
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