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A 26-year-old male asked:

saw something on tv today about herpes infection killing babies. is this complete lies? i thought herpes was just a rash and not deadly at all?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Reality bites: A baby born to a mother during her first herpes outbreak has a significant risk of developing herpes encephalitis and dying or ending up with severe brain damage. That risk drops significantly for recurrent outbreaks but some have c-section deliveries to avoid any risk. I've cared for these babies born to mothers who were not aware of the problem.A brain damaged baby is not what they wanted.

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