Prevention of neonatal herpes
Article first published online: 15 DEC 2010
© 2010 RCOG No claim to original US government works Journal compilation © RCOG 2010 BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Special Issue: Infections in Pregnancy
Volume 118, Issue 2, pages 187–192, January 2011
How to Cite
Gardella, C. and Brown, Z. (2011), Prevention of neonatal herpes. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 118: 187–192. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2010.02785.x
- Issue published online: 15 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 15 DEC 2010
- Accepted 8 October 2010.
Please cite this paper as: Gardella C, Brown Z. Prevention of neonatal herpes. BJOG 2011;118:187–192.
Neonatal herpes can occur when the neonate is exposed to herpes simplex virus in the maternal genital tract during labour. Attack rates are highest when the mother has a newly acquired infection and, therefore, does not have antibodies to protect the neonate. Even with early therapy, there is significant morbidity and mortality associated with neonatal herpes, suggesting that preventing neonatal herpes simplex virus exposure or early recognition of exposure is important. The incidence of neonatal herpes has not declined despite national guidelines for prevention. This suggests that the prevention guidelines need to be re-addressed.