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Baby born infected with coronavirus in world first as medics issue warning

Pregnant victims of the coronavirus outbreak may pass on the disease to their unborn children, doctors have warned. Medics at Wuhan Children Hospital made the warning today after the death toll reached 490 with 24,324 cases of infection in mainland China. They said it was possible after an infected coronavirus patient gave birth to a baby earlier this week. The newborn baby was later confirmed to have the virus. Wuhan city is the epicentre of the outbreak that has since spread across China and overseas.

The newborn has stable vital signs and no fever or cough, but was experiencing shortness of breath, the doctors said. Chest x-rays showed signs of infection and there were some abnormalities in liver functions. "This reminds us to pay attention to mother-to-child being a possible route of coronavirus transmission," said the chief physician of Wuhan Children Hospital's neonatal medicine department, Zeng Lingkong. The hospital also disclosed details of a second case involving an infant who was born healthy on Jan. 13. The baby's nanny was later diagnosed with the virus and the mother days later. The baby started showing symptoms on Jan 29.

"Whether it was the baby's nanny who passed to the virus to the mother who passed it to the baby, we cannot be sure at the moment. "But we can confirm that the baby was in close contact with patients infected with the new coronavirus, which says newborns can also be infected," Zeng said. However, he added that none of the infected infants were in critical condition.

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