Coronavirus may transmitted through digestive system

Mother to child transmission possible

New Age . Online Desk | Published: 16:59, Feb 02,2020


People wearing masks line up to pay for vegetables at a open market as snow falls in Beijing on February 2, 2020. — AFP photo

According to a report by Xinhua via Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, Chinese experts warned that the novel coronavirus could be transmitted through the digestive system. Besides, mother-to-children transmission is possible too.

They found viral nucleic acids in patients’ stool and rectal swabs after they noticed that the initial symptom of some patients infected with the coronavirus was diarrhea only, instead of a fever, which is more common.

The latest findings resulted from joint research by experts from the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University and the Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China’s top research body in natural sciences.

The research team believes that the novel coronavirus still has certain fecal-oral transmission, aside from droplet and contact transmissions.

Also, potential risk of mother-to-child transmission of the novel coronavirus infection has been found, according to Chen Zhimin, an expert from the respiratory medicine department of the Children’s Hospital of Zhejiang University.

If a pregnant mother is confirmed infected with the novel coronavirus, her newborn baby is also at risk of being infected, Chen told the provincial press briefing on Friday.

Chen added that children’s own immunity and respiratory tracts are not as mature as those of adults, so they are more prone to systemic problems and respiratory tract obstructions.

Meanwhile, a report of Agence France-Presse says that the Philippines reported the first death outside China from the coronavirus that has killed over 300 and spread to other countries, the World Health Organization said on Sunday.

The fatality is a 44-year-old Chinese man from the city of Wuhan, where the virus was first detected, and appears to have been infected before arriving in the Philippines.

‘This is the first reported death outside China,’ Rabindra Abeyasinghe, the WHO representative to the Philippines, told reporters.

‘However, we need to take into mind that this is not a locally acquired case. This patient came from the epicentre of this outbreak,’ Abeyasinghe added.

The man, who died in a Manila hospital, arrived in the Philippines with a 38-year-old Chinese woman who had also tested positive for the virus, health secretary Francisco Duque said.

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