Pustular rash in a neonate is very common and is usually associated with staphylococcal infection. The present report describes the case of a 12-day-old neonate with a pustular rash, secondary to herpes simplex infection. A high index of suspicion is necessary in neonates presenting with suggestive signs, especially with negative bacterial cultures. Prompt initiation of aciclovir treatment after obtaining diagnostic samples may be life-saving.
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