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  • Woman Infected With Novel Coronavirus Delivers A Healthy Baby Girl

    Mom and newborn are stable and in quarantine.
    by Rachel Perez .
  • A pregnant woman infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) gave birth to a healthy baby girl in Heilongjiang province, in China, according to Chinese state media, Xinhua.

    The good news comes a day after it was reported that mother-to-baby transmission of the new strain of coronavirus may be possible.

    The report, dated February 3, 2020, said the woman delivered via C-section on January 30 in Hospital No. 6 in Harbin City, the capital of China’s northernmost province. As of this writing, there are 109 patients infected with 2019-nCoV in Heilongjiang.

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    Healthy baby born from woman with 2019-nCov

    The newborn baby weighed 3.05 kilograms (about 6.7 pounds). She was tested twice for the 2019-nCoV virus on January 31 and February 2. Both results were negative. The little girl also registered a perfect APGAR score of 10. (APGAR is a clinical assessment done during the first minutes of life to gauge how well a newborn will adjust to life outside the womb. Click here to know more about APGAR score.)

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    According to Na Hui, the vice president of the hospital, the woman was 38 weeks pregnant when she came to the hospital on January 30. She had a temperature of 37.3°C and tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

    To prevent the pregnant woman’s condition from getting worse, a group of obstetrician-gynecologists, as well as respiratory and neonatology experts, decided to perform a C-section immediately. Three days after the procedure, the woman’s temperature had returned to normal.

    Both the mother and the baby are in stable condition. They are also in quarantine with two special medical teams designated for their observation and treatment.

    A baby born in Wuhan from mother suspected of having coronavirus

    Citing China’s state television, Reuters reported that another woman who is suspected to have 2019-nCoV delivered a baby boy via C-section on January 28, 2020, in Wuhan City, the outbreak’s epicenter. The newborn baby boy weighed 3.1 kilograms (about 6.8 pounds).

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    Doctors decided to deliver the baby immediately, so the mother can get proper treatment for her symptoms. The surgery was extremely dangerous as the patient, who was 37 weeks pregnant, had a fever and was coughing non-stop. After the hour-long procedure, the newborn was quickly sent home to avoid being exposed to the virus in the hospital. The news reports were unclear whether he was tested for the coronavirus. It has not been confirmed as well whether his mother was positive for 2019-nCoV. 

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    Infectious disease expert Rajeev Fernando, M.D., tells What To Expect, “There aren’t any respiratory viruses that we know of that cross the fetus.” But Chen Zhimin, an expert from the respiratory medicine department of the Children’s Hospital of Zhejiang University, says its a possibility. Children’s immunity and respiratory tracts are not as mature as those of adults, which makes them more prone to infection.

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    Since it was first detected in Wuhan in December 2019, scientists are still trying to learn more about the novel coronavirus. Individuals with a weakened immune system, such as the elderly and pregnant women, are more likely to contract the pneumonia-like disease and develop complications, even death.

    To date, the 2019-nCoV has infected more than 20,000 individuals across mainland China, Macao, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and 23 other countries. As of this writing, the death toll is now at 427 people dead, all from China except the one in the Philippines.

    For more updates on the coronavirus outbreak, click here.

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