Hong Kong Med J 2012;18:60-2 | Number 1, February 2012
Neonatal herpes: what lessons to learn
KL Hon, TF Leung, HM Cheung, Paul KS Chan
Department of Paediatrics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
Vesicular rashes in neonates are challenging in terms of diagnosis and management. Herpes infection is an important diagnostic consideration. We report two illustrative neonatal cases of herpesvirus infections with vesicular rashes. Such babies may be remarkably asymptomatic. A high index of suspicion leading to a prompt diagnosis, timely quarantine measures, and institution of antiviral treatment are pivotal for desirable outcomes.
Key words: Herpes genitalis; Herpes simplex; Herpesvirus 2, human; Infant, newborns
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