What is the incidence of neonatal herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

Updated: Feb 27, 2019
  • Author: J Michael Klatte, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Neonatal herpes simplex virus infection is estimated to occur in approximately 1 per 3000 deliveries in the United States. In 2006, a lower incidence of 9.6 cases per 100,000 births was ascertained. [42] Studies have determined that herpes simplex virus infections in neonates and infants are associated with substantial morbidity, mortality, and resource use. [43]


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