China: two newborns became infected with the 2019-nCoV coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — In the Chinese city of Wuhan, the most prone to the 2019-nCoV outbreak, a baby weighing 3250 grams was born on February 2, and already at the 30th hour of life a coronavirus was detected, writes the South China Morning Post with reference to the city children’s hospital. The gender of the child is not reported. His mother was diagnosed before delivery.

The baby was transferred to a specialized children’s hospital for the treatment of viral pneumonia. Now he is under observation, his condition is stable, but he was diagnosed with pulmonary infection and impaired liver function. Doctors suggest that the virus could be transmitted from mother to fetus in the womb.

“This reminds us of the need to pay attention to the fact that transmission of the coronavirus is possible from mother to child,” said Zeng Linkong, chief physician of the neonatal medicine department of Wuhan Children’s Hospital.

However, experts have not yet ruled out that a newborn could become infected after contact with his mother. “It is possible that the child adopted it, <…> inhaling drops of the virus that came from the mother’s cough,” said Stephen Morse, an epidemiologist at the School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Another baby, born January 13, became infected directly from her mother after childbirth. According to doctors, a woman in labor, the coronavirus, was transmitted from a woman who was caring for her. First, the diagnosis was confirmed in the mother, and a few days later in her baby.

Despite several cases of the detection of viral pneumonia in children (described above plus a six-month-old child from Singapore and an eight-year-old native of Wuhan, who now lives in Australia), the average age of patients with 2019-nCoV is 49-56 years, according to a report published in the journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Earlier, representatives of the National Health Commission of the PRC reported that on average, all those who died from a new type of coronavirus are over 60 years old and already have serious chronic diseases, in particular diabetes mellitus. As of February 4, the youngest victim of the Wuhan Pneumonia outbreak was 36 years old.

In total, according to data on the morning of February 6, the death toll reached 565, 28,076 people were infected in mainland China and another 264 people outside it. 1305 patients recovered. All the latest materials on the worldwide distribution of 2019-nCoV can be found in this section.


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