Pune Hospital Claims India's 1st Mother-Baby Covid Transmission

A Pune hospital reported “vertical transmission” of Covid from mom to child (Representational)


The Sassoon Common Hospital in Maharashtra’s Pune has claimed to have reported the nation’s first case of “vertical transmission” of the coronavirus an infection from a mom to her baby via the placenta.

Vertical transmission takes place when the newborn is within the uterus. If the mom is contaminated, the transmission of the virus takes place via the placenta – an organ that develops within the uterus throughout being pregnant and offers oxygen and vitamins to your rising child.

Explaining the phenomena, Sassoon Common Hospital’s paediatrics division head Dr Aarti Kinikar instructed information company Press Belief of India in the present day that when an individual contracts the an infection, it’s primarily due to some contact with fomites. If the mom is contaminated, the newborn will be contaminated post-natally due to breastfeeding or every other contacts.

So, in layman’s language, the newborn doesn’t have an an infection at start, however acquires it after three to 4 days, she mentioned.

“Whereas vertical transmission means when the newborn is within the uterus itself and the mom has an an infection, (she could also be) both symptomatic or asymptomatic,and she will switch the an infection via the placenta to the newborn,” she mentioned.

Dr Kinikar mentioned within the current case, which was fairly difficult for them, the lady had signs for per week earlier than her supply.

“Because the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR) has made it necessary to check all pregnant ladies, the lady right here was examined however her stories have been destructive,” she mentioned.

After the newborn lady’s start, swabs of the kid’s nostril, the umbilical twine and placenta have been examined and the stories got here out optimistic, she mentioned.

“The infant was then saved in a separate ward. After two to a few days of start, the newborn additionally developed sturdy signs like fever and there have been indicators of cytokine storm, suggesting extreme irritation,” mentioned Dr Kinikar.

A cytokine storm is a physiological response during which the immune system causes an uncontrolled and extreme launch of pro-inflammatory signalling molecules known as cytokines.

Dr Kinikar mentioned the newborn lady was saved in intensive care and after two weeks, she settled down and recovered. Each the mom and the kid have been discharged.

“Throughout the investigation, it was confirmed that it was a vertical transmission. We waited for 3 weeks and examined the blood samples of each the mom and baby for antibody response,” Dr Kinikar mentioned.

Each had developed antibodies, she mentioned, including that whereas the antibodies have been excessive within the mom, the newborn had much less.

Dr Kinikar mentioned this was a really difficult case for them. “The infant developed a extreme coronavirus an infection and it required quite a lot of consideration and efforts to efficiently deal with the newborn.”

She mentioned they’re within the strategy of documenting the case in a reputed worldwide journal.

Sassoon Common Hospital’s Dean Dr Murlidhar Tambe claimed that is the primary case of vertical transmission of coronavirus an infection in India.

“I congratulate the medical doctors who labored arduous to deal with the mom and the newborn,” he mentioned. The infant was born on the hospital within the final week of Might. Each the kid and her mom have been discharged three weeks later, one other hospital official mentioned.

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