Focus on pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu).

M. Lanari, M. G. Capretti, L. Decembrino, F. Natale, R. Pedicino, L. Pugni, L. Serra, Disease Group of the Italian Society of Neonatology Infectious Disease Group of the Italian Society of Neonatology

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At the moment of the onset of the pandemic there were few data about the transmission of the 2009 H1N1 virus infection from the mother to the newborn. Nevertheless neonates born to an ill mother from 2 days before through 7 days after illness onset in the mother were thought to be exposed and potentially infected. In October 2009 the Infectious Disease Group of the Italian Society of Neonatology provided a guide regarded the management of suspected or confirmed maternal infection with 2009 H1N1 influenza virus within labor and delivery, postpartum, and newborn care settings in hospitals. It was based on the available scientific information, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Italian Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Policy recommendations in order to protect the infant from exposure to respiratory secretion during or immediately after delivery. Moreover, we published 300,000 copies of a more popular pamphlet for parents. Rigorous attention to Standard Precautions and Droplet Precautions is required to reduce the opportunities for the transmission of the infection in the health-care setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-40
Number of pages2
JournalMinerva Pediatrica
Issue number3 Suppl 1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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