The fetus was confirmed for the first time with a coronary infection in the uterus.
Infections have reported in newborns in the past, but it has not been possible to confirm whether they became infected before or after birth.
In France, it is confirmed for the first time that a fetus has been infected with a coronavirus from its mother’s womb, according to British newspaper The Guardian and Belgian The Brussels Times.
Infections have also been reported in other newborns, but it has not been possible to ascertain whether they became infected before or after birth.
French researchers report a confirmed placental infection in a study published in the online journal Nature Communications (you’re moving to another service). It is part of a broader study of possible infections from mother to unborn child.
The 23-year-old woman was hospitalized in France in March while her pregnancy was in its final stages. A woman was diagnosed with a coronary infection. When doctors noticed alarming signs in the fetus, the woman underwent a cesarean section, and the baby boy was placed in isolation.
The baby seemed normal at first, but soon got symptoms. However, he has recovered from the disease.
The most virus in the placenta
Doctors took samples of mother and child blood, placenta, umbilical cord, and amniotic fluid. They confirmed that the virus had passed into the uterus, and the child became infected there. The virus was found most in the placenta.
The reason why mother-to-fetus infections have not been confirmed in the past may be that many tests are needed to verify them, says Daniele De Luca, medical director of Antoine Béclère Hospital in Paris, to The Guardian.
De Luca emphasizes that mother-to-fetus infections do not appear to be very common, and babies generally recover from the disease. However, it is good to be aware of the risk of infection because doctors will then be able to help.
Andrew Shennan, a professor of obstetrics interviewed by The Guardian, says coronary infections in newborns are rare even if the mother has the infection.
Of the 244 babies born in Britain to be infected, 95 percent showed no signs of the virus, says Shennan, who works at King’s College London.