IOWA – Newborn contracts deadly virus from kiss

IOWA – Newlyweds are clinging to hope as their nearly three-week-old daughter fights for her life after contracting a deadly virus believed to be from a simple kiss.

Nicole and Shane Sifrit welcomed baby Mariana on July 1. A week later –– two hours after the couple’s wedding –– they say they noticed that the girl was not eating and would not wake up when they tried to get her to respond.

“Within two hours, she had quit breathing, and all her organs just started to fail,” Nicole Sifrit told CNN affiliate WHO.

According to WHO, the couple left their wedding early to take Mariana to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, where they learned that she had contracted meningitis HSV-1, caused by the herpes virus –– the same virus that causes cold sores.

Nicole and Shane Sifrit welcomed daughter Mariana on July 1; a week later, the baby was fighting for life.

Herpes meningitis can be caused by bacteria, fungi or other types of germs, and it can be spread through sexual contact or from a woman to her baby during childbirth, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Mariana’s parents both tested negative for the virus, they said, suggesting that it could have come from others who visited the child.

“They touch her, and then she touches her mouth with her hand,” Sifrit explained. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how Mariana caught the virus, but she wants people to know that it’s important that people are cautious when they let anyone handle their babies.

Dr Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician at Calabasas Pediatrics in California, said that “viral meningitis is transmitted through close casual contact. However, she caught the virus and then developed meningitis . . . . It is very common to catch the virus, but very rarely does it develop into meningitis.

“The first two months after a child is born are very critical, as a virus can rapidly spread and cause serious illness in newborns,” she said. This is why parents are advised to be particularly careful during those first months.

Sifrit told CNN that Mariana was airlifted to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City on July 10 when her condition deteriorated. As of Sunday, “they are trying to keep the baby stable,” and doctors are “fluctuating her dialysis to drain fluid off her body”.

The mother is praying that her daughter’s “liver starts repairing on its own and that the vessels around her heart start sealing and not leak oxygen so her body can heal.”

Doctors have warned that because of the damage the virus has caused, if Mariana survives, she will have long-term problems with her brain, liver and kidneys, according to Sifrit.

Mariana is expected to remain in the hospital for the next three to six months.

Source: (CNN)

2 Responses to IOWA – Newborn contracts deadly virus from kiss

  1. nanci July 19, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    that is so sad, maybe the person left some saliva on the baby’s cheek, and that cause the bacteria to increase. I wonder if the parents had wipe off the baby’s face with some disinfectant or something to kill germs if that would have stop the bacteria to her body.

  2. nanci July 19, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    people need to wash their hands, sometimes people use the bathroom and dont wash their hands, yet they have people shake hands, or touch them up. I hate it when people just start to touch me up, like fix my dress or dress strap, you wash your hands first before you start touching people. Or people could spread germs from their mouths, some people dont use mouth wash to kill germs. The parents will know who have that disease and kill the child, all the people that was near the child should be tested


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