Congenital SARS-CoV-2 Infection in a Neonate With Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

Cátia R. Correia, Mónica Marçal, Filipa Vieira, Edmundo Santos, Cristina Novais, Ana Teresa Maria, Duarte Malveiro, Ana Rita Prior, Marta Aguiar, Anabela Salazar, Constança Gouvêa Pinto, Luís Carvalho Rodrigues, Maria Ana Pessanha, Vítor Borges, Joana Isidro, João Paulo Gomes, Sílvia Duarte, Luís Vieira, Inês Costa, Maria João AlvesConceição Calhau, Raquel Guiomar, Madalena Lopo Tuna

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Coronavirus disease, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is mainly transmitted through droplets, but other ways of transmission have been hypothesized. We report a case of vertical transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a preterm born to an infected mother, confirmed by the presence of the virus in the neonatal blood, nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs collected in the first half an hour of life. The neonate presented with acute respiratory distress, similar to the findings in severely affected adults. This case highlights the importance of pregnancy, labor and neonatal period surveillance of affected mothers and their newborns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e439-e443
JournalThe Pediatric infectious disease journal
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


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