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Hepatitis C transmissibility between mother and child

Studies to clarify the risk with children being exposed to hepatitis C virus (HCV) from positive mothers has found that breastfeeding does not increase the risk of exposure of the offspring to HCV, unlike HIV. Delivering via caesarean section and premature babies were also shown not to be risk factors. However, time taken to deliver and invasive fetal monitoring during labor were positively correlated with infants catching HCV from their mother. Female infants were found to comprise the majority of infected babies, the hypothesis being that many infected males died in utero.

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About: Hepatitis C transmissibility between mother and child

Date: 31 October 2005

Source: Science Daily

URL: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/10/051031130837.htm

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