A rare instance of HSV puts a mother's new baby at risk

Preventive measures are essential to avoid infecting the newborn.

Mary, 29, presents with a single painful nodular lesion on her right palm.

The herpes simplex virus. Photo: Alamy

She is two weeks’ post-partum, having delivered her baby at 34 weeks’ via emergency caesarean section for pre-eclampsia.

She has no other symptoms, is clinically well, with good blood pressure control on propranolol. 

The lesion (Figure 1) began as a small red spot that became large and painful over several hours, with