Varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox) infection in pregnancy
Article first published online: 18 MAY 2011
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BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 118, Issue 10, pages 1155–1162, September 2011
How to Cite
Lamont, R. F., Sobel, J. D., Carrington, D., Mazaki-Tovi, S., Kusanovic, J. P., Vaisbuch, E. and Romero, R. (2011), Varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox) infection in pregnancy. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 118: 1155–1162. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2011.02983.x
- Issue published online: 11 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 18 MAY 2011
- Accepted 8 March 2011. Published Online 18 May 2011.
Please cite this paper as: Lamont R, Sobel J, Carrington D, Mazaki-Tovi S, Kusanovic J, Vaisbuch E, Romero R. Varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox) infection in pregnancy. BJOG 2011; DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2011.02983.x.
Congenital varicella syndrome, maternal varicella-zoster virus pneumonia and neonatal varicella infection are associated with serious fetomaternal morbidity and, not infrequently, mortality. Vaccination against varicella-zoster virus can prevent the disease, and outbreak control limits the exposure of pregnant women to the infectious agent. Maternal varicella-zoster immunoglobulin administration before rash development, with or without antiviral medication, can modify the progression of the disease.