Recently, an Iowa newborn died after she contracted herpes virus, HSV-1, that later developed into viral meningitis. Doctors believe the baby may have caught the virus from a kiss by someone who was infected. This tragedy serves as a reminder that for the health of the baby, we must “look, but don’t touch,” at least not without a few precautions in place. Dr. Michelle Pastorello, MEDNAX-affiliated pediatric hospitalist and medical director of pediatrics at HCA Healthcare’s Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev., who was not involved in the care of this baby, discusses how something like this may have happened and what we can do to help prevent it from happening to others.
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