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UK: Mothers with Monkeypox advised to give birth by Caesarean section

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Pregnant women with monkeypox in the UK will be advised to have C-sections and be separated from their baby in hospital.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have warned the virus is more severe in children.

Published in the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, the review says: ‘The virus can be transmitted via contact with open monkeypox lesions’.

Daily Mail report: Mothers with monkeypox are advised to give birth by Caesarean section to avoid infecting their baby during delivery


This preprint gives some idea of the risks of Monkeypox during pregnancy:

“Of 244 patients admitted with a clinical diagnosis of MPXV infection, 216 were positive in both the Pan-Orthopox and MPX specific PCR. The cardinal observations of these 216 patients are summarized in this report. There were three deaths (3/216) among these hospitalized patients; fetal death occurred in 4 of 5 (80%) patients who were pregnant at admission.”

Preprint: Clinical characterization of human monkeypox infections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo



UK: Monkeypox is a notifiable disease from 8 June 2022



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