18-day-old baby succumbs to viral meningitis, likely contracted after kiss
Mariana Sifrit, the newborn that contracted viral meningitis at just six days of life, has passed away on 18 July. Her mother took to social media to inform the general public who have been following this story.
Mariana’s parents, Nicole and Shane Sifrit, have both tested negative for the virus. The parents claim that Mariana caught the potentially deadly virus – HSV-1 – from a kiss.
HSV-1 is the same herpes virus, which commonly causes cold sores in infected individuals. Very rarely does it lead to full-blown meningitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States.
Reshmin Kaur Cheema, 21 Jul 2017