Doctors in France has found the first confirmed case of a newborn who was infected with the Covid-19 of its mother before birth.
It is the disease, the coronavirus can lead to.
the Boy, who was born in march, led by the swelling in the brain and had symptoms that are otherwise seen in adults who are infected with the Covid-19. The little boy has since become healthy again.
The typing of the French doctors on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.
Previous research has indicated that the virus probably can be transmitted from a mother to the fetus. But the French study is the first real evidence, " says physician and co-author Daniele De Luca.
- We have shown that transfer from the mother to the fetus via the placenta is possible in the last weeks of pregnancy, says De Luca, who is a doctor at the Antoine Beclere hospital in Paris.
last week, researchers in Italy, to studies of the 31 pregnant women who were hospitalized with Covid-19, 'strongly hinted' that the virus can be transmitted from a mother to her unborn child.
Until now, however, there has not been concrete evidence.
- to analyze the mother's blood, fostervæske, the newborn blood, placenta and so on, says Daniele De Luca.
- To get all of these tests during a pandemic with an emergency anywhere has not been easy. It is, therefore, that it has been suspected, but never proven.
The boy, who was born with Covid-19 in march, began to develop severe symptoms 24 hours after birth.
His body was rigid, happened damage to the white matter in the brain and he was extremely irritable.
But before the doctors could decide for a treatment, he was improving. Three weeks later he was almost fully healed by itself.
Three months later had his mother no more symptoms of the disease.
The French doctors stresses, however, that among the thousands of babies that are born of coronasmittede mom, it's only one or two percent, tested positive for the disease. Even fewer have shown serious symptoms.
- The bad news is that this actually happened and can happen, says Daniele De Luca.
The good news is that it is rare. Very rarely compared with the global population.