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Herpes simplex virus in neonates

CPD Hours



Neonates and paediatrics
Midwifery and child health
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Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is one of the most common viral sexually transmitted infections (STI) worldwide. It presents in approximately 10 in 100,000 neonates and thorough screening and early treatment of women reduces the risk of infection of a neonate.

This short module discusses the cause and incidence of herpes simplex virus in Australia. It goes on to explain the presentation and diagnosis before providing an overview of treatment and interventions.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Understand the cause and incidence of herpes simplex virus in neonates.
  • Describe the three forms of herpes simplex virus and their presentation.
  • Understand the investigations undertaken to diagnose herpes simplex virus.
  • Describe the treatment and nursing interventions for neonates and mothers.

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