Mexican triplets tested positive for the new coronavirus at birth and are believed to have contracted the virus in utero, regional health authorities said on Monday
The children, two boys and one girl, were born by caesarean section last Wednesday in the state of San Luis Potosi, in north-eastern Mexico.
“On the same day they were born, they were tested because they were premature and the results were positive,” the state’s health secretary, Monica Rangel, said at a press conference.
The children’s test results arrived on Saturday. Only one has symptoms of Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus. The other two babies were asymptomatic as were their parents, who were still awaiting the result of their own tests.
Rangel said it would be “impossible” for them to have developed the disease after they were born, as they were tested within hours of their birth.
“Here what we will have to investigate is a situation, perhaps, where [the virus] has been transmitted through the placenta. It is not something that we confirm,” she added. “The case is striking, we are going to study it.”
The new coronavirus is spreading fast in Mexico. On Monday, health authorities reported 4 577 new cases and 759 more deaths compared to the previous day, for a total of 185 122 cases and 22 584 deaths.
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Author: ANA Newswire