Coronavirus infection transmitted from mother to fetus in France


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London: Covid-19 was passed from a mother who tested positive for the virus to her fetus during pregnancy, according to French researchers.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus seems to have crossed the placenta and infected the woman’s baby before birth, according to a case study carried out by doctors from the University Hospitals of Paris Saclay which was published Tuesday in Nature Communications. The child, who had nervous system symptoms associated with Covid-19, and his mother have both recovered, the researchers said.

Questions have revolved around how the virus can be transmitted from mother to child, with some studies suggesting that it is more likely to occur immediately before and after the birth of a baby. The virus is normally spread by droplets of fluid from the mouth and nose when infected people breathe, talk, cough, or sneeze.

French researchers reported a pregnant woman in her twenties who was admitted to a hospital with fever and severe cough and tested positive for the coronavirus. Tests confirmed that the virus was present in the baby three hours after birth.

The virus was found in placental tissue, as well as in maternal and newborn blood, suggesting that transmission likely occurred through the placenta, the researchers said.

“Our case is fully qualified as congenital transmitted SARS-CoV-2 infection,” they said in the report. – Bloomberg

Also read: Pregnant women at higher risk of developing severe Covid-19, CDC says

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