Amidst fear caused by the deadly disease referred to as Coronavirus, which started in China weeks ago and has also spread to other countries leaving many dead, it became unfortunate to a child who after 30 hours of his birth, was tested positive of the said Virus.
9jatoday has been informed on Wednesday that a Chinese newborn was diagnosed with the new coronavirus.
A pitiful situation which records the child as the youngest infected person with the disease. The baby’s mother after she gave birth to her child, was tested positive to the virus on 2 February in Wuhan, where the virus emanates from.
Infection in children is quite rare with only a handful of the infected 28,000 reported cases being in children.
However, the State media outlet Xinhua who disclosed the reports on Wednesday added that the child who weighed 3.25kg at birth (7lbs 2oz), has now been placed in stable condition and under observation.
It was reported that the baby must have contacted the disease from his mother’s womb.
“This reminds us to pay attention to mother-to-child being a possible route of coronavirus transmission.”
Speaking further on the report, the chief physician of Wuhan Children Hospital’s neonatal medicine department, Zeng Lingkong, revealed to Reuters that it is also possible that the baby was infected after birth from having close contact with the mother.
He said, “It’s quite possible that the baby picked it up very conventionally – by inhaling virus droplets that came from the mother coughing.”
Meanwhile, 9jatoday had reported that Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has made known to the general public in a statement that the over 41 people have died out the 258 Lassa Fever cases from 19 states.
The minister reveals these statistics on Tuesday while speaking to newsmen in the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja.