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Management of Genital Herpes in Pregnancy

Author(s)Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
AbstractNeonatal herpes is a severe systemic viral infection with a high morbidity and mortality, which is most commonly acquired at or near the time of delivery. Almost all cases of neonatal herpes occur as a result of direct contact with infected maternal secretions, although cases of postnatal transmission have been described. Neonatal herpes may be caused by herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) or herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2), as either viral type can cause genital herpes.
Date of publishing03/01/2002
Date of last review by us04/05/2005
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