A stillborn foetus whose mother had coronavirus has died in the womb after being infected with the disease, Israeli doctors have said.
A woman, who had been infected with Covid-19, was in her 36th week of pregnancy when she was admitted to Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, Israel, after falling ill on Saturday.
Doctors soon discovered the woman’s unborn baby had died in the womb, with tests after birth revealing the foetus had also been infected with the virus.
The hospital said it is unclear if the virus was the cause of the baby’s death, The Times of Isreal reports.
It comes just weeks after another stillborn baby whose mother had coronavirus died after being infected with the disease through the placenta.
The 29-year-old woman has been in her 25th week of pregnancy when she arrived at the Assuta Hospital in Ashdod after suffering a two-day fever and coronavirus symptoms, local media said.
She tested positive for Covid and tests after birth revealed the child also had the virus.
It was the first known incident of its kind in Israel, and a rare global occurrence, the country’s Health Ministry said at the time.
Head of the Infectious Disease Department at the hospital, Dr. Tal Brosh, told the Ynet news site the foetus had been infected ‘through the placenta and with a very high degree of certainty, [we can say] died due to coronavirus’.
Dr. Brosh added that they had seen three stillbirths of women who were infected with coronavirus, but had not found the unborn babies with the disease before this incident.