The baby girl born to a mother who tested positive for the coronavirus disease-COVID-19 is negative.
The baby's sample was taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI for testing and the results show that she does not have the virus.
The baby girl born to a mother who tested positive for the
coronavirus disease-COVID-19 has tested negative to the deadly virus. The
mother, who was delivering her fourth child, underwent a Caesarean section delivery
at Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital last Saturday.
Dr Pontiano Kaleebu, the director of the Uganda Virus
Research Institute-UVRI said that the results, for the sample that was drawn on
Sunday were released among the 231 samples of Ugandans who tested negative to
Entebbe Hospital Director, Dr
Moses Muwanga says the hospital is now trying it's best to ensure the safety of
the baby while waiting for the mother to recover. He, however, declined to comment
on whether the mother is breastfeeding the baby or if the two are allowed to
share a room.
Recent research findings have not
found traces of the virus in breast milk but they all advance safety
precautionary measures to require the mother to wear an N95 respiratory
approved mask and wash hands before breastfeeding to boost the baby's immunity
and also reduce the risk of infection.
Last month, Chinese researchers
from hospitals in Wuhan University noted that there is a possibility of mother
to child transmission of the coronavirus disease-COVID-19. This was based on a
study on samples of seven neonates of positive mothers who had indications of
antibodies transmitted from their mothers to fight against the virus.
researchers, however, noted that there is a need for a large scale trial to
determine if positive pregnant women can transmit the virus before, during and
Now, paediatrician Dr Sabrina Kitaka
is happy that the baby's initial test is negative and hopes that she will
remain negative even after the 14-30-day incubation period for the virus.
Although not conclusive as yet,
Kitaka says research findings so far show that "it is rare for COVID-19 positive
mothers to transmit the virus to their newborns, this could be because it is a respiratory virus that spreads and thrives in the respiratory tract and not the
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She, however, says that researchers in Uganda should also look
into the case of the baby girl currently under observation at Entebbe
hospital. She thinks that there could be
a possibility of low mother to child transmission of COVID-19 due to the size of
the virus in comparison to HIV which can pass through the placenta to the
newborn during delivery.
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Another research conducted by in
JAMA Pediatrics noted that they cannot rule out mother-to- baby COVID-19
transmission. The researchers studied 33 newborns of women with COVID-19
related pneumonia and found out that only three of the babies had COVID-19
They thereby concluded that all
the babies had been infected in the womb and noted that it is important to
"screen pregnant women and implement strict infection control measures,
quarantine of infected mothers and close monitoring of neonates at risk of
Since December 2019, when the pandemic emerged, research has
been done on a total of 19 babies born to COVID-19 positive mothers.