Vertical Transmission

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News:Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) has laid down the need for healthcare workers to factor in the consequences of the probable vertical transmission of COVID-19.

Facts:

  • Vertical transmission: It refers to the transmission of an infection from a pregnant woman to her child.It can be antenatal (before birth), perinatal (weeks immediately prior to or after birth) or postnatal (after birth).
  • The infections of which vertical transmission has been known to happen are HIV, Zika, rubella and the herpes virus.