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November 1972

Herpes Simplex Infection of the Newborn

Author Affiliations

New York
From the departments of pediatrics (Drs. Gershon and Brunell) and neurology (Dr. Fish), New York University School of Medicine, NY.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(5):739-741. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110170117021

An infant, perinatally infected with herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 2, who exhibited cutaneous and central nervous system (CNS) involvement, has been described. His growth and development have been normal despite the fact that he did not receive chemotherapy. The course of his illness suggests the unpredictability of the outcome in neonatal infection of the CNS with HSV.

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