Prevent Neonatal HSV

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Mariana Sifrit, an infant girl who contracted viral meningitis caused by HSV-1, was less than one week old when she passed away. This was caused by a deadly kiss. Her devastating story is not an isolated case.

The Herpes Simplex Virus, also known as HSV, is a viral infection that causes herpes. Neonatal herpes can occur when an infant is exposed to HSV in the genital tract during delivery. The current estimated rate of occurrence is approximately 1 in 3,200 deliveries. The risk for neonatal herpes is greatest when a mother acquires an HSV infection for the first time in late pregnancy.

Any delay in the identification of at risk pregnancies or in the diagnosis of neonatal HSV infection can have disastrous consequences and can lead to permanent disabilities or death.

We need your help to bring this important issue to the attention of our local, provincial and federal health ministers and representatives.

We want to see mandatory testing across Canada for all women that become pregnant, using the Western Blot Test, the most accurate form of testing that leads to less false positive results. We also want to see more funding made available for research to be done on this virus so that better treatment options become available for use.

Infants infected with disseminated herpes typically present symptoms very similar to those associated with a bacterial infection. Since a neonatal herpes infection can be seen up to four weeks after birth, clinicians caring for newborns in clinics, offices, and emergency rooms must be familiar with the clinical manifestations of this disease process.

Clinicians must be provided with the most up to date information and clinical education on the risk factors, clinical presentations and treatment options to treat this disease.

Finally we look to the health care system to educate the public on this disease. Many people are unaware they carry the virus because they show no signs or symptoms or they have been misdiagnosed by medical professionals, but this virus has can still be transmitted through asymptomatic shedding (no signs or symptoms). Although rare, a simple kiss, diaper change or breastfeeding from someone who is unaware or shows no signs of the virus can pass on the virus to their infant.

Please join us in preventing the loss of more innocent infants because of an avoidable and treatable virus. Thank you for signing and sharing our petition.

Here are some stories on the devastating impacts the herpes virus can have on infants:

Mariana:

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/ amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/07/18/ health/baby-dies-of- meningitis-from-herpes-virus/ index.html

Kirsty

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/ www.mirror.co.uk/news/real life-stories/mums-cold-sore- kiss-nearly-7678803.amp

Brooke

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/ www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/moms facebook-warning-kissing-baby- leads-to-herpes-infection/

Kaiden

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ news/article-2287767/Two- month-old-baby-boy-killed- cold-sore-virus-loving-kiss- father.html

Mira

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ ColdandFluNews/story?id= 6150484&page=1

Jennifer

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ news/4839029/Mother-kills- newborn-baby-with-a-kiss.html

Eloise

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/ www.opposingviews.com/i/ health/newborn-contracts- herpes-virus-and-dies-after- being-kissed-or-touched- mystery-person-cold-s%3famp

More information:

Simplex Infection. Clinical Microbiology Reviews, 17(1), 1–13. http://doi.org/10.1128/CMR.17 1.1-13.2004

https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/ health/genital-herpes-in- pregnancy-doubles-autism-risk- study-1.3297747

Babies who get circumcised can get the virus:

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/ nypost.com/2017/03/08/new- case-of-neonatal-herpes- caused-by-jewish-circumcision/ amp/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ news/article-3619591/Girl-10- died-herpes-doctors-failed- diagnose-her.html

https://www.triallaw1.com/ about-us/verdicts-settlements/ medical-malpractice/failure- to-diagnose-other/



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