How is herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE) prevented?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Wayne E Anderson, DO, FAHS, FAAN; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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No measures are known to be effective for preventing HSE in adults and older children. Person-to-person transmission does not occur. Prophylactic treatment of close contacts and special isolation precautions are unnecessary.

Preventive measures for neonatal HSE include cesarean delivery in women with active herpetic genital infections at the time of delivery and protection of neonates from persons with active herpetic infections. Some authorities recommend a course of suppressive acyclovir therapy near the time of delivery in mothers with a history of genital herpes.


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