First estimates of the global and regional incidence of neonatal herpes infection

by Katharine J Looker, Amalia S Magaret, Margaret T May et al.
Lancet Glob Health 2017 – Published Online January 30, 2017

10 pp. 849 kB

Neonatal herpes is a rare but potentially devastating condition with an estimated 60% fatality rate without treatment. Transmission usually occurs during delivery from mothers with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2) genital infection. However, the global burden has never been quantified. The authors developed a novel methodology for burden estimation and present first WHO global and regional estimates of the annual number of neonatal herpes cases during 2010–15.

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