Mothers with monkeypox are advised to give birth by cesarean section to avoid infecting their baby during childbirth.
- Pregnant women are asked to have C-sections if they have monkeypox
- Doctors hope this will reduce infections in babies during and after childbirth
- The UK Health Security Agency reported a further 73 UK cases of the virus
- Symptoms include high temperature, headache, muscle aches and back pain.
Pregnant women with smallpox monkey will be advised to have C-sections and be separated from their baby in hospital.
Doctors hope the new guidance will reduce the risk of mothers infecting their babies at birth or after childbirth.
It comes as the UK Health Security Agency yesterday reported an additional 73 cases of monkeypox in the UK, bringing the total to 302.
The guidelines also recommend that infected women avoid breastfeeding for fear that this could serve as another route of transmission.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, which contributed to the guidelines, warn that the virus is more severe in children.
Published in the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, the review states: “The virus can be transmitted by contact with open monkeypox lesions.
The UK Health Security Agency reported a further 73 cases of monkeypox in the UK yesterday, bringing the total to 302. Pregnant women with the virus are now being asked to choose a caesarean section to minimize the risk of infection.
Doctors hope the new guidance will reduce the risk of mothers infecting their babies at birth or after childbirth. It is also recommended that infected women avoid breastfeeding
It is likely, therefore, that labor and / or vaginal birth in a woman with genital injuries can lead to a newborn infection.
‘Considering that babies appear to be at the greatest risk of severe monkeypox infection if lesions are identified, a caesarean section should be recommended.
“Even if genital lesions cannot be identified in a woman with a confirmed or probable monkeypox infection, a caesarean section should be offered.”
It adds that babies who test negative for monkeypox should be isolated from their positive mothers until both tests are negative or positive, at which point they can be reunited.
The first symptoms of monkeypox include high temperature, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen glands, tremor and exhaustion.
A rash usually appears one to five days after the first symptoms. It often begins on the face, then spreads to other parts of the body – and may include the genitals.
The highest risk of distribution is considered to be through direct contact with a confirmed case, droplets or contaminated surfaces and objects.
The first symptoms of monkeypox include high temperature, headache, muscle aches, back pain, swollen glands, tremor and exhaustion. A rash usually appears one to five days after the first symptoms
Dr Edward Morris, president of RCOG, said: “The World Health Organization states that there could be adverse consequences for pregnant women and babies if they become infected including congenital smallpox, abortion or stillbirth, so we have provided clear guidance for health professionals. in this paper.
‘We are aware that babies and children are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill if they catch a smallpox.
“Therefore, to minimize a baby’s risk of contracting the virus, we recommend that health professionals discuss the benefits and risks of having a cesarean birth with a pregnant woman or person who has or is suspected of having the virus.”
Dr Camilla Kingdon, president of the RCPCH, said: “There is a lack of information at present about the spread of monkeypox in the UK, and its impact on pregnant women and newborns.
‘This article is therefore an important source of information to help clinicians at a time when the number of cases in the UK is increasing.
“We would encourage all pediatricians to be familiar with its contents because although the risks are low, there are important tips that can reduce the risk of a newborn infection.”