March 1975

Neonatal Risk Following Late Gestational Genital Herpesvirus Hominis Infection

Author Affiliations

From the departments of pediatrics (Drs. St. Geme, Bailey, Koopman, Oh, Hobel, and Imagawa), obstetrics-gynecology (Drs. Oh and Hobel), and microbiology and immunology (Dr. Imagawa), Harbor General Hospital, University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, Torrance.

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(3):342-343. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120400046010

Five women developed genital herpesvirus hominis (herpes simplex virus) infection beyond 32 weeks' gestation. Two of the women had fresh vesicular lesions at parturition. The five infants were delivered per v[ill]ginum at term and escaped subsequent overt herpesvirus hominis infection, although a scalp lesion in one infant was dismissed as inconsequential and disappeared without virologic study. Examination of the infants two months to four years after birth failed to detect sequelae of possible subclinical infection.