Newborn Mexican triplets test positive for Corona Virus
Newborn triplets in Mexico have tested positive for Covid-19 in an “uncommon” case, according to local health authorities.
Medical specialist are making their findings on whether the disease could have been transferred through the mother’s placenta during pregnancy.
Two of the babies, one boy and one girl, are in a stable condition in a hospital in San Luis Potosí state.
But the second boy is still receiving care for a respiratory condition.
A spokesperson for the state’s Health Safety Committee said contagion in multiple births had not been detected anywhere globally and so the case would be investigated.
A very small number of newborn babies have been known to pick up the virus after birth, but health officials say they do not believe this is what happened in this case.
State Health Secretary Mónica Liliana Rangel Martínez said: “It would be impossible for them to have been infected at the moment of birth.”
Nonetheless, the parents are presently being tested, with authorities saying they may have been asymptomatic.
Mexico has confirmed more than 185,000 coronavirus cases and 22,584 deaths since the country’s first case on 28 February.