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<< Pediatric Herpes Simplex Virus Infections: An Evidence-Based Approach To Treatment

Treatment

Neonates

Prior to the use of antiviral therapy, 85% of neonates with disseminated HSV disease and 50% of neonates with CNS disease died within 12 months of diagnosis.31 Vidarabine (Vira-A®) was the first antiviral medication licensed for use in neonatal HSV. A randomized controlled trial published in 1991 comparing vidarabine with acyclovir found no difference in morbidity or mortality between patients treated with either drug.26

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