Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

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herpes simplex virus (HSV); neonate; pregnancy; aciclovir (acyclovir)
Key points
  1. Antenatal detection of HSV must be communicated across obstetric and neonatal teams for optimal care for mother and neonate.
  2. Identifying and managing risk factors antenatally, including empirical maternal antiviral treatment, can reduce vertical transmission of HSV.
  3. Risk stratification should be used to guide investigations and indication for empirical antiviral treatment in neonates.
  4. Women with HSV infection in pregnancy should be counselled about expected management of the neonate and potential prolonged hospital stay.

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