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How bad is herpes when passed to a newborn by the mother?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Can be fatal

Primary infection during pregnancy can result in miscarriage or fetal infection with lasting consequences.
Acquisition of the germ during labor or delivery can cause a later meningo-encephalitis that will turn the babies brain into a swiss cheese looking mass with severe handicaps if the child survives the illness.

In brief: Can be fatal

Primary infection during pregnancy can result in miscarriage or fetal infection with lasting consequences.
Acquisition of the germ during labor or delivery can cause a later meningo-encephalitis that will turn the babies brain into a swiss cheese looking mass with severe handicaps if the child survives the illness.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Brain is Swiss-cheese, baby is a sack of potatoes. I'm so glad that I haven't seen congenital herpes encephalitis since the mid 70's
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