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Video: Scientists Have Confirmed The Possibility Of Intrauterine Infection With Coronavirus
Scientists have confirmed the possibility of intrauterine infection with coronavirus
In France, a child contracted COVID-19 by contracting the placenta. Doctors emphasize that this is a rare case.
In France, a case of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus from mother to child through the placenta has been recorded, scientists say. The case report is published in Nature Communications.
Previously, scientists have repeatedly stated that perinatal (near childbirth) infection is possible. But when and how it happened was not known exactly. We did not know if the infection was due to the penetration of the virus through the placenta or during childbirth or immediately afterwards.
A new clinical case confirmed that infection through the placenta is possible.
“Unfortunately, in this case, there is no doubt about the route of infection. It probably doesn't happen often, but it can happen and doctors need to be aware of it,”said Daniele De Luca, head of the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Paris Hospital. Antoine Béclère Hospital.
A pregnant woman was admitted to the hospital with severe fever and cough, and her diagnosis of COVID-19 was confirmed. The coronavirus was detected, among other things, in a vaginal smear.
The baby was born by cesarean section. The coronavirus was detected in him immediately after giving birth, and then after three and 18 days. The pathogen was found in the blood and lung secretions of the child. Doctors discovered that he had manifestations of the disease on the part of the nervous system. The same changes were found in the brain of the newborn as in adults with COVID-19.
Scientists have found a high level of coronavirus in the mother's placenta. It was higher than in the amniotic fluid (it surrounds the fetus) and the woman's blood. This may indicate that the virus is able to multiply in the placenta and enter the blood of the fetus. Based on these findings, scientists have come to the conclusion that the child was infected precisely through the placenta.
The mother and baby were discharged from the hospital in good condition six days after giving birth.
“Pregnant women need to be encouraged. Pregnancy is well controlled. In most cases, the child will not receive any harm,”added De Luca.