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What is neonatal herpes? how does someone get it?

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Neonatal herpes: Neonatal herpes is defined as an infection with the herpes virus within the few several weeks after birth. Transmission generally occurs during vaginal delivery through an infected birth canal. Transmission can also occur after a person with an active herpes lesion on their mouth kisses a newborn.

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Usually type 2: If the mother has previous herpes, therefore immunity, she transmits this immunity to her newborn by passive transfer. This protects the infant for several months. However, if the mother contracts herpes infection shortly before delivery, the newborn may be exposed to the virus without any immunity. The protective immunity does not begin until 1 or 2 weeks after onset. Such a baby may have devasta

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