Newborn triplets test positive while parents test negative for COVID-19

Newborn triplets test positive
There are almost 200,000 cases in Mexico with daily reports of around 6000 new cases. The death toll in the country is 23,377.

A set of triplets born prematurely in Mexico are in stable condition after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to health officials.

The premature triplets were born in San Luis Potosi a central Mexican state on June 17. The triplets tested positive for the virus after tests were carried out in accordance with the state’s health protocol. The results came back positive three days later. 

“The triplets we are monitoring are stable. They are evolving favorably. One of them continues using an antibiotic, but they are doing well. We hope this continues so they can be reunited with their parents soon,” Rangel said Wednesday during a conference.Also Read– Brazil may surpass the US in the number of Covid-19 cases

Both parents of the triplets tested negative for the disease. The parents have only seen the triplets through video calls.

“What we need to look at is a situation where perhaps [the virus] is being transmitted through the placenta. That’s not something that we can be sure of. Those are theories that we have to look at. It’s a new virus. There still is not literature available internationally on this issue, but it will be worth reviewing,” Rangel said.

Currently, there are almost 200,000 cases in Mexico with daily reports of around 6000 new cases. The death toll in the country is 23,377.

Officials are investigating several possible sources of contagion such as the mother’s breast milk.

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“Now that we have the negative result of the PCR [polymerase chain reaction] tests done on both parents, the case it’s even more relevant, not only for the investigation our doctors in the state are doing but for the worldwide research on the behavior of the virus itself,” said Rangel.

Health officials say the case is a “very relevant scientific feat”.

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