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Unusual association of diseases/symptoms
Herpetic neonatal pustular rash
  1. Manjula Meda1,2,
  2. Charles Godden3,
  3. Dianne Irish4
  1. 1
    St. George’s Hospital, Microbiology, Blackshaw Road, Tooting, London, SW17 0QT, UK
  2. 2
    1 Hanover Court, Mount Hermon Road, Woking, UK
  3. 3
    Royal Surrey County Hospital, Paediatrics, Egerton Road, Guildford, GU227XX, UK
  4. 4
    Frimley Park Hospital, Microbiology, Portsmouth Road, Friley, GU167UJ, UK
  1. Manjula Meda, manjulasudheer{at}


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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