Congenital Herpes Simplex in Children

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Overview

Congenital herpes simplex is an infection caused by exposure in the uterus. In most cases, babies contract congenital herpes in the birth canal during delivery, although in rare circumstances, it's possible to be infected in the uterus or immediately after birth.

  • Herpes affects about 30 out of every 100,000 babies.
  • Most symptoms surface by the end of the baby's first week, while more severe central nervous system problems will not appear until the baby's second week.

In adults and children, herpes simplex virus (HSV) can be transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact and is also a sexually transmitted disease.

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