Baby tests positive for coronavirus just 30 hours after birth

Henrietta Strickland
February 6, 2020

A Chinese newborn was diagnosed with the coronavirus on Wednesday, just 30 hours after the baby's mother tested positive for the deadly virus.

A baby in the coronavirus outbreak's epicenter of Wuhan, China, was reportedly diagnosed with the illness shortly after being delivered earlier this week, raising concerns that pregnant mothers may be able to pass the disease along to their unborn children.

The infant, who was born Sunday, is the youngest person recorded as being infected by the virus, which has killed nearly 500 people and sickened 24,324, according to Agence France-Presse.

CCTV quoted experts as saying it may be a case of "vertical transmission", referring to infections passed from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or immediately after.

She then revealed the newborn's nanny had been diagnosed with coronavirus days before the mother had been infected. However, the story also says that the child was experiencing shortness of breath and that chest X-rays showed signs of infection and liver issues.

Two other newborns were also feared to have been carrying the coronavirus, one born on January 13 and another born the same week as the infected newborn. The baby began showing symptoms on Jan 29.

The doctors said it was possible after an infected coronavirus patient gave birth to a baby on Feb 2.

Outside China, one death was reported in Hong Kong - a 39-year-old man who had visited Wuhan.

However, he added that none of the infected infants were in critical condition.

The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 24,324 by the end of Tuesday, the commission said, noting that a total of 490 people had died of the disease.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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