Syncytial virus, investigation into the death of a 5-month-old newborn in Campania. Another case in Spezia: 11-month-old baby died

Syncytial virus, investigation into the death of a 5-month-old newborn in Campania. Another case in Spezia: 11-month-old baby died
Syncytial virus, investigation into the death of a 5-month-old newborn in Campania. Another case in Spezia: 11-month-old baby died

The syncizial virus, a respiratory disease that affects young children and of which dozens of cases have been recorded in Italy in recent weeks, has claimed two victims in the past few hours. One in Campania, where the small Giuseppe, 5 months, died in the hospital San Leonardo of Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) where he arrived two days ago. His condition worsened rapidly and attempts to save him by intubating him were useless: he died while he was being prepared to be transferred to the hospital. Santobono of Naples. An investigation has been opened and will be carried out on Tuesday the autopsy. Also in the past few hours he died in the hospital Sant’Andrea della Spezia another child, 11 months old, due to a probable respiratory insufficiency due to the syncytial virus. The entire national territory is experiencing an epidemic, which arrived a few months earlier than in previous years. And with the difference that the anti-contagion measures adopted against the Covid 19, also protecting mothers from coming into contact with this virus, they have reduced antibodies usually present in the placenta and “transmitted” to babies during gestation.

“The little patient arrived last November 6 with severe dyspnea and severe respiratory problems – explain from the San Leonardo hospital in Castellammare di Stabia about the case of Giuseppe, the second son of a very young couple originally from Pimonte – The the disease evolved rapidly and was preparing for his transfer to Santobono hospital, with an anesthetist as a chaperone. He was intubated, but could not withstand the intubation maneuver. He died soon after ”. The whole department is in shock. For days it has been welcoming very young children affected by the respiratory syncytial virus for which there are no cures, only supportive therapies. The hospital currently has five patients in the Neonatology ward, between one and 30 days old. The department, run by the head physician Luigi Tarallo, is considered a ‘flagship’ of ASL Napoli 3 Sud.

At the Sant’Andrea hospital in La Spezia another child died at 4 on Monday morning. The parents took the baby to the hospital because he had had one for about 24 hours cough persistent with progressive aggravation. After undergoing triage ea swab antigenic, negative result, the child was sent to the pediatric emergency room where the specialists decided on hospitalization. The situation quickly worsened so much that the intervention of the resuscitator to make a secure transfer to the Gaslini hospital in Genoa, but because of the serious instability clinic, the option was discarded and it was the transport team of the Intensive Care of Gaslini who intervened at Sant’Andrea. In vain were the attempts to revive the child. Also in this case an autopsy will be performed to ascertain the cause of death.

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