Sudden death in a neonate as a result of herpes simplex infection

E. S. Traisman, S. Young, B. D. Lifschultz, H. S. Traisman, I. Benuck, I. Chasnoff

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This paper describes a case of a neonate with disseminated herpes simplex born to a 14-year-old asymptomatic mother. The infant's physical examination was normal at birth, and subsequent abnormalities were so subtle that infection was not recognized during life. Postmortem cultures of liver and spleen grew herpes simplex virus, and immunofluorescent direct antibody typing revealed Type 2. A cervical culture of the mother obtained after the infant's death was negative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-271
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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