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May 1964

Neonatal Varicella: Occurrence in Babies Born of Infected Mothers

Author Affiliations

Charles Abler, MD, 4525 Henry Hudson Pkwy, Bronx, NY 10471.; Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics.; From the Pediatric Department of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1964;107(5):492-494. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02080060494010

The purpose of this communication is to augment the recorded clinical experiences concerning the effect on babies born of mothers with active varicella. It is based on 18 of these mothers whose lesions were first noted in the period 14 days prior, to three days after delivery (Table).

Observations  The diagnosis was based on inspection of the type and course of the skin lesions. With one exception all the mothers were of Puerto Rican extraction, relatively recently arrived in New York City. The data were accumulated over the seven-year period 1956 through 1962.Of the 15 babies born to 15 mothers who manifested varicella prior to delivery, lesions occurred in four at ages ranging from 9 to 20 days, an interval compatible with infection having taken place in utero. In nine infants no varicella had been noted by ages 24 to 35 days. In one infant observed up to the