Varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox) infection in pregnancy

Ronald F. Lamont*, Jack D. Sobel, D. Carrington, Shali Mazaki-Tovi, Juan Pedro Kusanovic, Edi Vaisbuch, Roberto Romero

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Congenital varicella syndrome, maternal varicella-zoster virus pneumonia and neonatal varicella infection are associated with serious fetomaternal morbidity and, not infrequently, mortality. Vaccination against varicella-zoster virus can prevent the disease, and outbreak control limits the exposure of pregnant women to the infectious agent. Maternal varicella-zoster immunoglobulin administration before rash development, with or without antiviral medication, can modify the progression of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1155-1162
Number of pages8
JournalBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentZIAHD002400


    • Chickenpox
    • infection
    • pregnancy
    • varicella
    • virus
    • zoster


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