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Congenital Varicella

Am J Dis Child. 1963;106(1):96. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050098015.
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Referring to the article on this subject (O'Neil, R. R.: 104:391, 1962, Amer J Dis Child and the one by Freud, P.: Congenital Varicella, AMA J Dis Child 96:730, 1958) I can add another case of maternally transmitted varicella. This case regards a full term white female newborn baby born to a 22-year-old Jewish mother, a gravida I, para I, on Jan 27, 1950. The mother had devel- oped her first crop of chicken-pox lesions on Jan 13, 1950, ie, 14 days prior to delivery. The infant's birth weight was 6 lb, 13 oz (2,892 gm) and immediately after delivery a varicella-like vesicular rash was noticed on the girl's body. Her temperature was normal and remained so throughout. Immediately after birth both mother and infant were put in isolation and discharged the same day.

Summary  This is the 17th reported case of maternally transmitted varicella. This child had also no


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