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Severe congenital herpes simplex virus infection
  1. Asma Yasmeen1,
  2. Samuel E Ibhanesebhor2
  1. 1Neonatal Unit, Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Neonatal Unit, Wishaw General Hospital, Wishaw, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Asma Yasmeen, Neonatal Unit, Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, 16 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 2ES, UK; asmayasmeendoc{at}

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A preterm baby boy was delivered at 29 weeks of gestation following preterm labour. He was ventilated due to poor respiratory effort. His skin was unusually translucent, fragile, red and prominently vascularised. There were sparse pustules and areas of superficial ulceration and sloughing, especially on the face as shown in figure 1. His growth was appropriate for gestational age. Umbilical lines were sited in view of condition of the skin and …

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