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Table 4 Antiviral treatment of neonatal HSV infection

From: Herpes simplex virus infection in pregnancy and in neonate: status of art of epidemiology, diagnosis, therapy and prevention


Antiviral drug

Recommended daily dosage

Length of therapy


Localised infections: 14 days

Treatment of neonatal hsv infection


Intravenously: 3 × 10–20 mg/kg

CNS or disseminated infections: 21 days

Suppressive treatment of cutaneous recurrences after neonatal herpes


Orally: 2–3 × 300 mg/m2

For weeks to months

  1. Source: Swiss Herpes Management Forum, 2004