Mother-to-fetus novel coronavirus transmission found

Medical experts suggested possible mother-to-fetus transmission of the novel coronavirus pneumonia on Wednesday after two newborns were diagnosed with the infection in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei province.

Both infants’ mothers are confirmed cases, and the youngest baby was confirmed infected only 30 hours after its birth.

The youngest patient was born in the Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, center of the epidemic, on Sunday, and was transferred to the Wuhan Children’s Hospital, the designated hospital for infected youngsters, for medical treatments.

The baby, who is in stable condition and under medical observation, is hospitalized in a special zone for the confirmed and suspected child patients in the hospital. He has no fever or cough, but exhibits symptoms including rapid breathing, lung infection and abnormal liver function.

Zeng Lingkong, director of the hospital’s neonatology department, said: “Medical staff and experts have paid higher attention to the case, as it reminded us of a new possible transmission route for the novel coronavirus. That’s the mother-to-fetus transmission.”

In the other case, the infected baby was born in good condition on Jan 13. Seventeen days later, it was diagnosed with the infection, with symptoms including fever, coughing and spitting up, and was sent to the Wuhan Children’s Hospital on Friday.

The hospital said that the newborn’s nanny came to the family to offer nursing services on Jan 22, and was confirmed with the infection later. Four days later, the baby’s mother was diagnosed with the disease.

Zeng said it’s still uncertain whether it was the mother or the nanny who infected the baby, “But we can be sure that the newborn baby, as a close contact of the confirmed cases, can also be infected.”

Source: China Daily

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202002/05/WS5e3ade94a3101282172753bf.html

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