Can A Baby Die From A Kiss? Yes, But It’s ‘Exceptionally Rare

Indiana University| Mon Jul 31 11:48:33 EDT 2017
Can A Baby Die From A Kiss? Yes, But It’s ‘Exceptionally Rare

The story had been on Dr. Emily Scott’s mind for days -- that story about the baby girl in Iowa who died after contracting viral meningitis caused by herpes.

The baby, Mariana Sifrit, came home from the hospital a healthy newborn. But, she rapidly declined after her mother says someone with HSV-1, the virus better known as herpes, kissed her.

“Deadly Kiss Kills Newborn” media reports said, after the baby’s death July 18 at less than a week old.

Dr. Scott, newborn medical ....

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