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Covid-19: Doctors in France report case of baby infected in utero

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2851 (Published 15 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2851
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York, USA

French doctors have reported the case of a 23 year old woman in the last weeks of her first pregnancy who was hospitalised with covid-19 in March and gave birth by caesarean section to a baby boy found to have the infection in what appears to be the first documented case of transplacental transmission of the virus.

The doctors say, in their report in Nature Communications,1 that their findings confirm that covid-19 causes maternal viremia, placental infection, and neonatal viremia. Previously, doctors had thought that some babies had contracted the virus in the womb but could not …

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