SERENDIPITOUS DISCOVERY OF DISSEMINATED NEONATAL HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS INFECTION
Michael W Sauer
Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA
Abstract

A five day old full term girl presented with fever. Prenatal course was remarkable for fever during labor. Baby was noted to have jaundice, but was otherwise well appearing. Patient was subsequently found to have Herpes simplex virus (HSV) viremia as well as central nervous system (CNS) HSV disease, despite a lack of pleocytosis in the CSF. Repeat laboratory investigation at the completion of 21 days of therapy revealed that the infection had cleared. Thus, disseminated HSV could present without outward signs of infection as well as without CSF pleocytosis.
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