Mothers with smallpox should give birth by caesarean section to prevent infection during childbirth.
- Pregnant women are asked to have a caesarean section if they have a monkey disease
- Doctors hope this will reduce the risk of infection in infants during and after childbirth.
- The UK’s health agency says 73 more cases of the virus have been reported in the UK
- Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and back pain
Pregnant women with smallpox are advised to have a caesarean section and be weaned at the hospital.
Doctors hope the new guidelines will reduce mothers’ risk of infecting their babies during or after childbirth.
The UK’s health agency said yesterday that 73 more cases of monkey disease had been reported in the UK, bringing the total to 302.
The guidelines also recommend that infected women not breastfeed, as this may be another way of infection.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Royal College of Pediatrics and Pediatrics, which contributed to the guidelines, warn that the virus is more severe in children.
A report published in the journal Ultrasound Obstetrics and Gynecology states: “The virus can be transmitted through open wounds of smallpox.
The British Public Health Agency said yesterday that 73 more cases of smallpox had been reported in the UK, bringing the total to 302. Pregnant women infected with the virus are asked to choose a caesarean section to reduce the risk of infection.
Doctors hope the new guidelines will reduce mothers’ risk of infecting their babies during or after childbirth. Infected women are also advised not to breastfeed
Therefore, labor and / or vaginal delivery of a woman with a genital infection can lead to neonatal infection.
“Given that infants are at the greatest risk for monkey smallpox, a caesarean section should be recommended if ulcers are detected.
“A caesarean section should be recommended, even if no genital lesions have been identified in a woman with a confirmed or possible monkey infection.”
He adds that babies who are tested negative for smallpox should be isolated from their mothers before being tested positively or negatively so that they can reunite.
The first symptoms of smallpox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen glands, tremors, and fatigue.
Rash usually appears one to five days after the first symptoms. It usually starts on the face and then spreads to other parts of the body – and may involve the genitals.
When the highest risk of infection is confirmed, it is in direct contact with droplets or contaminated surfaces and objects.
The first symptoms of smallpox include fever, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen glands, tremors, and fatigue. Rash usually appears one to five days after the first symptoms
Dr. Edward Morris, President of the RCOG, said: “The World Health Organization has stated that pregnant women and infants can be infected with smallpox, miscarriage or stillbirth, which can have serious consequences for them, so we have given clear guidelines to health professionals. a paper.
“We know that infants and children with monkeys have a higher risk of contracting smallpox.
“Therefore, to reduce the risk of the baby becoming infected with the virus, we encourage health professionals to discuss the benefits and risks of giving birth by caesarean section with a pregnant woman or a person with or suspected of having the virus.”
Dr. Camilla Kingdon, President of the RCPCH, said: “There is currently a lack of information on the prevalence of monkey disease in the UK and its impact on pregnant women and newborns.
“Hence, this paper is an important source of information to help clinicians at a time when the number of diseases in the UK is growing.
“We urge all pediatricians to familiarize themselves with their contents, as there are important tips to reduce the risk of neonatal infection, even if the risks are low.”