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Primary herpes simplex virus type 1 gingivostomatitis in pediatric personnel


Herpetic gingivostomatitis is common in young children, but primary oral infection has also been described in adults. Herpetic whitlow as an occupational hazard of medical personnel has been well documented. Four cases of primary herpetic gingivostomatitis are reported in two pediatricians and two pediatric nurses who contracted the infection in their fourth decade of life. All suffered from sore throat and fever as presenting symptoms. Correct diagnosis was delayed for 4–5 days. In conclusion, pediatric personnel with pharyngitis and a negative history of herpetic gingivostomatitis or herpes labialis should bear the possibility of oral HSV infection in mind. Early diagnosis is essential to prevent the spread of the infection to their patients.

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Amir, J., Nussinovitch, M., Kleper, R. et al. Primary herpes simplex virus type 1 gingivostomatitis in pediatric personnel. Infection 25, 310–312 (1997).

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  • Herpes Simplex
  • Virus Type
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Type
  • Sore Throat
  • Pharyngitis