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How could genital herpes affect my baby?

The herpes virus can be passed on to a baby during childbirth, if the mother has an outbreak at the time of giving birth. Although this is very rare, HSV infection in babies can be very serious. Herpes in babies can affect their eyes, mouth, brain and spinal cord. If there is an outbreak around the time of delivery, a caesarean section may be recommended to prevent the baby from contracting the virus.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pelvic inflammatory disease

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