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Congenital herpes simplex

Congenital herpes simplex Causes

Herpes simplex virus can be transferred through close contact and can be transferred to the fetus resulting to congenital HSV infection. Newborns may also easily acquire this infection through direct exposure to the infected secretions of the mother's genitalia.

Congenital herpes simplex Definition

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the highly identified common infection carriers among humans of all ages. This type of virus usually occurs globally and produces a large variety of illnesses such as infections of the CNS, mucocutaneous infections, as well and sporadically infections affecting the visceral organs.

Congenital herpes simplex Diagnosis

To be able to get a more definitive diagnosis of herpes simplex virus it is best confirmed through the isolation of the virus in tissue cultures. Skin scraping can also be conducted on the lesions in order to effectively reveal some histologic appearances of the infections.

Congenital herpes simplex Symptoms and Signs

Among the medical symptoms that can be associated with herpes simplex virus include blisters, meningitis, rash, encephalitis, infection of the central nervous system, eye discharges, cough, blotchy skin, pallor, abdominal swelling, seizures, enlarged spleen, poor feeding, tremors, jaundice, rapid breathing, shock and bleeding tendency.

Congenital herpes simplex Treatment

The specific medical treatment for herpes simplex virus involves antiviral medications and the appropriate care for the wounds, if any. For babies, a more aggressive and highly intensive medical care may be required.

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