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Register for a free to start saving and receiving special member only perks. W hile herpes simplex virus HSV infections of humans have been recognized since ancient times 12it was not until the 18th century that Astruc, physician to the King of France, identified herpes as a cause of genital infection 3. Subsequently, inVidal reported human-to-human transmission of HSV infections, identifying the necessity of intimate human contact for spread of infection 2. Studies of the host immune response to HSV during the early 20th century provided insight into a unique property of HSV infection—namely, that neutralizing antibodies were identified in the sera of adults who subsequently developed recurrences, a phenomenon known as reactivation of latent infection 4.

Neonatal HSV infection was not described until the s 56 ; however, the association Dominant seeks hsv2 sub 18 33 newborn disease and genital HSV infection was not made until the late s 1. With the evolution of our society in developed countries, particularly increasing sexual freedom associated with advances in birth control, and the emergence of sexually transmitted diseases, both horizontal sexual partners and vertical mother to baby transmission of HSV infection has become prevalent.

Today, genital HSV infection exists in over 60 million Americans, most of child-bearing age, and in the majority of the cases of neonatal herpes that occur yearly in the United. Richard J. Whitley is professor of pediatrics, microbiology, and medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. This article will review the changing epidemiology of genital and neonatal HSV infections with emphasis on the current status of therapy of the newborn, the cost of disease to society, and the need for the development of appropriate preventive strategies.

Since the infected newborn is most likely to develop life-threatening disease and, therefore, incur the greatest costs to society, the baby becomes the starting point for our considerations.

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Although centers in the United States caring for infants with neonatal HSV infections have observed fluctuations in disease incidence, the estimated rate of occurrence is approximately 1 in to 1 in deliveries yearly 7 — 9. For unknown reasons, several countries worldwide, such Dominant seeks hsv2 sub 18 33 Africa and the United Kingdom, do not appear to recognize a ificant of cases of neonatal HSV infection in spite of the high prevalence of antibodies to HSV-2 10 In fact, the incidence of neonatal HSV infections in the United States may reflect the decreasing prevalence of HSV-1 antibodies and, therefore, the absence of transplacental humoral immunity, which might confer protection to the fetus.

At least four factors influence the incidence of newborn HSV disease. The first is the type of maternal genital infection at the time of delivery. The duration and quantity of viral excretion and the time to total healing vary with primary, initial, and recurrent maternal genital infections, such that primary, initial, and recurrent maternal genital infections, such that primary is most and recurrent is least severe 12 Primary infection is associated with the excretion of 10 6 —10 8 plaque-forming units of HSV for as long as 14—21 days.

In contrast, recurrent infection is associated with a shorter duration of viral excretion namely, 3—5 days and at lower quantities about 10 2 plaque-forming units of HSV. Second, the mother's HSV antibody status at delivery influences the severity of maternal infection as well as the likelihood of transmission.

Transplacental maternal neutralizing and antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxic ADCC antibodies have at least an ameliorative effect on acquisition and severity of infection for babies exposed to virus 15 — Maternal primary infection late in gestation usually does not result in ificant passage of maternal transplacental antibodies and, therefore, will increase risk to the fetus.

Third, the duration of ruptured membranes is an important indicator of risk for acquisition of neonatal HSV infection. Fourth, the application of fetal scalp monitors in the labor and delivery suite increases the risk of neonatal HSV infection by providing a site of inoculation of virus 20 Thus, the probability of reactivation of latent virus, for the delivery population as a whole, increases and then provides a source of virus for scalp-electrode infection.

HSV infection of the newborn can be acquired at one of three times: in uterointrapartum, or postpartum. The mother is the usual source of infection. However, family are as likely, if not more so, to be the source of newborn infection as nurses or hospital aides on the newborn or obstetrical services. Since the mother is the source of infection in a majority of cases, an understanding of the changing epidemiology of genital HSV infection in women of child-bearing age is essential.

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Type-specific reagents that allow for the unequivocal distinction between HSV-1 and HSV-2 infections have provided the opportunity to define the changing seroprevalence of HSV-2 infections worldwide. The appearance of type-specific HSV-2 antibodies positively correlates with the onset of sexual activity 32 — 34although crowded living conditions may contribute to infection 35 Antibodies to HSV-2 are virtually nonexistent in nuns 3239 Over the ensuing decade, these rates have increased 2-fold.

When populations are analyzed according to race, these prevalence rates become 4. Factors found to influence acquisition of HSV type 2 include sex women greater than menrace people of color more than Caucasiansmartial status divorced versus single or marriedand place of residence city greater than suburban Clearly, seropositive pregnant women have the capability of reactivating HSV-2 at the time of Dominant seeks hsv2 sub 18 33 and, therefore, transmitting infection to their.

The most important factor that influences acquisition of infection obviously is intimate exposure to an infected individual. Thus, rates of infection are influenced by the of sexual partners 48 — With discordant antibody status between sexual partners, a susceptible female may become infected by an infected partner, creating risk if the woman is pregnant, especially if at term From the above data, it is apparent that the incidence of HSV-2 infection is a function of exposure to infected individuals; therefore, those with the largest of sexual partners are most likely to acquire infection within any time frame.

The rate of acquisition of HSV-2 infection during pregnancy was 0. From the seroprevalence data, genital HSV infection in the woman—pregnant or otherwise—is common. A serious, but uncommon, problem. Maternal primary infection prior to 20 weeks gestation has been associated with spontaneous abortion but not at a high incidence Primary infection during gestation also has been associated with fetal disease in utero 58 Infection that occurs later in gestation has not been associated with the termination of pregnancy 60 — 62but fetal morbidity has been documented, as evidenced primarily by intrauterine growth retardation Localized genital HSV infection is the most common form of infection during pregnancy.

Most of these infections have been considered recurrent. The frequency of HSV recurrences during gestation should be of concern to women with known histories of infection. Transmission of infection to the fetus is most frequently related to shedding of virus at the time of delivery. Since HSV infection of the fetus is usually the consequence of contact with infected maternal genital secretions at the time of delivery, the determination of viral excretion at this time is of importance. The actual incidence of viral excretion at delivery has been suggested to be 0.

Viral shedding from the cervix occurred in 0. The observed rate of shedding among pregnant women with asymptomatic infection has varied more than that Dominant seeks hsv2 sub 18 33 nonpregnant women from 0. The frequency of recurrences has not been shown to be different from one pregnancy to the next for any given woman Overall, these data indicate that the frequency of cervical shedding is low, rendering the risk of transmission of virus to the infant similarly low when the infection is recurrent in nature 7.

The frequency of shedding does not appear to vary by trimester during gestation 68 Given the high seroprevalence of maternal infection, protection for the. The clinical presentation of babies with neonatal HSV infection is a direct reflection of the site and extent of viral replication. The ificance of clinical presentation in the context of developing and developed societies is of utmost relevance in that it teaches the biomedical investigator of useful approaches to decision amelioration.

Neonatal HSV infection is almost invariably symptomatic and frequently lethal. Babies with the worst prognosis for both mortality and morbidity are those with disseminated infection. Disseminated disease involves multiple organs, especially the lung, liver, adrenal glands, and brain. These babies appear not to receive transplacental antibodies.

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Nearly one-third of all babies with neonatal HSV infection have encephalitis only. Babies with disseminated infection probably seed the brain by a blood-borne route, resulting in multiple areas of cortical hemorrhagic necrosis. In contrast, babies who present with only encephalitis likely have axonal transmission of virus to the central nervous system.

With rare exceptions, survivors are left with neurologic impairment 74 These babies tend to receive large quantities of transplacental neutralizing and ADCC antibodies. The ificant neurologic findings include spastic quadriplegia, microcephaly, and blindness. Important questions regarding the pathogenesis of delayed onset neurologic debility are raised by such clinical observations.

Despite normal clinical examinations in early infancy, neurologic impairment has become apparent between six months and 1 year of life. The clinical presentation is similar to that associated with congenital toxoplasmosis or syphilis.

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While both vidarabine and acyclovir are efficacious therapies for neonatal HSV infection, acyclovir is the treatment of choice in spite of not being d for this disease because of established safety for other indications Acyclovir is an acyclic analog of guanosine. Virusspecified thymidine kinase phosphorylates acyclovir to its monophosphate derivative, an event that does not occur to any ificant extent in uninfected cells. Acyclovir is then phosphorylated by cellular enzymes to its triphosphate derivative. At levels 30 times higher than those used clinically, acyclovir can be teratogenic in the in vitro limb-bud assay, but other animal studies indicate that acyclovir is not a ificant teratogen Acyclovir is not a ificant mutagen in the Ames test but induces chromosomal mutagenic events in a manner similar to that of caffeine Because of the occasional need for acyclovir therapy during pregnancy, as well as the likelihood of frequent first trimester exposures to drug before pregnancy is recognized, an ''Acyclovir in Pregnancy Registry" is established to gather data on all reported prenatal exposures to oral acyclovir.

Though no ificant risk to the mother or fetus has been documented, the total of monitored pregnancies remains too small to detect any epidemiologic risk that is not overwhelming The safety of acyclovir in pregnancy, therefore, has not been unequivocally established. Since acyclovir crosses the placenta and can concentrate in amniotic fluid, there is valid concern about the potential for renal toxicity in the fetus Limited data suggest the safety of acyclovir administration near term for mother and fetus Subsequent clinical trials have compared vidarabine to acyclovir for neonatal HSV infections.

CNS, central nervous system. Mortality and morbidity data are summarized in Figure 1 and Table 2respectively.

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Notably, there is no difference in mortality between treatment groups. Thus, no ificant differences exist between acyclovir and vidarabine therapy for any form of neonatal HSV infection. Models of relative risk predicting patients at greatest likelihood for death or severe neurologic sequelae have been applied to the data, as. The values given are the s of infants. From these data, if disease can be limited to the skin, eye, or mouth, clinical outcome is far superior to any other form of disease. It appears as though the quantity of transplacental maternal antibodies correlates positively to disease that remains limited to the skin, eye, and mouth.

A confounding variable, however, is the recognition of ADCC antibodies on the sera of babies who present with encephalitis To improve outcome, it will be necessary to develop strategies that prevent the development of encephalitis or disseminated disease and institute therapy before coma ensues.

Furthermore, neurologic impairment of babies with disease localized to the skin, eyes, and mouth emphasizes the need to further investigate pathogenic mechanisms and treatment options.

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Genital Herpes: Review of the Epidemic and Potential Use of Type-Specific Serology