Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection: is this a vertical transmission?

Neonatal COVID-19, its manifestations and transmission, remains unclear. As the pandemic continues more evidence will emerge but so far, vertical transmission of COVID-19 is rare with just a few reports in the literature.1 We share our experience of managing a preterm newborn with COVID-19 in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where the vertical route seems the most likely mode of transmission.

Femi Adeniyi
ST6 Paediatrics

Sanjeev Rath
Neonatal Consultant

Yewande Wey
MTI Fellow

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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The incidence of congenital enterovirus infection in the UK is unknown and is likely to be underdiagnosed. ; Early treatment for babies with multi-organ failure may be lifesaving.; There is need for increased awareness of presenting symptoms and early testing. Collaboration with obstetrics and microbiology expedites testing in mothers with pyrexia of unknown origin.
Key points
  1. congenital enterovirus; enterovirus; coxsackie virus; case series