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A nation wide reporting system for neonatal herpes simplex virus is being promoted by specialists to encourage prevention of the debilitating disease in newborns and awareness amongst parents. 25% of pregnant mothers have genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease that can be in active or quiescent phase. If the disease is activated, the woman develops ulcerated, tender lesions on their genitals and the virus is easily transmitted during this time. Affected newborns will develop blistered skin all over their body, high temperatures, liver disease, heart disease, and encephalitis that can lead to brain damage and death. The reporting system would allow for improved management of herpes in pregnant mothers and has been successful in other neonatal acquired diseases such as congenital rubella (German measles), syphilis, gonorrhea and HIV.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by NY Times
About: Neonatal herpes proposed tracking
Date: 24 August 2005
Source: NY Times
Author: Lawrence K. Altman
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