A 35-year-old member asked:

Is herpes related to deformities in babies?

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Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Herpes and babies: Herpes viruses can cause issues in utero. There are many herpes viruses including: hsv, cmv, vzv, ebv, and hhv6. CMV causes the best described issues with brain abnormalities and hearing issues and could result in cerebral palsy. Hsv tends to be more of a problem after birth but can cause severe brain damage.
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