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A 15-day-old infant presented with vesicular lesions over the chest, scalp and axilla (figures 1 and 2). Clinical examination appeared normal. She was a term vaginal delivery with no septic risk factors. Maternal herpes simplex virus (HSV) IgG was negative on booking bloods. However, there was postnatal exposure to a relative with an active cold sore. Full blood count and inflammatory markers were normal. Viral swabs of the lesions detected HSV-1 on PCR testing. HSV-1 PCR was …
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