Last update: Jan. 27, 2014

Herpes-Zoster Virus

Low Risk probable for breastfeeding

Moderately safe.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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Varicella is a disease which is contagious for some days before skin lesions appear to be evident, thus, isolation of the mother is useless. On immune – compromised infants, or those mothers to whom varicella has been first noticed within 5 days before, or, 2 days after delivery (it means that a low rate of antibodies have been transferred to the newborn) start therapy with hyperimmune immunoglobulin and follow-up the baby. On those cases of Herpes zoster infection, take standard hygienic measures (hand washing) and avoid close contact with skin lesions.


We do not have alternatives for Herpes-Zoster Virus.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

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Other names

Herpes-Zoster Virus is also known as Maternal Varicella.


Herpes-Zoster Virus belongs to this group or family:


  1. Sendelbach DM, Sanchez PJ. Varicella, influenza: not necessary to separate mother and infant. Pediatrics. 2012 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  2. Lanari M, Sogno Valin P, Natale F, Capretti MG, Serra L. Human milk, a concrete risk for infection? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2012 Abstract

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