Newborn triplets test positive for virus despite parents not being infected

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Health authorities are trying to understand how a set of newborn triplets became infected with the novel coronavirus even though neither one of their parents tested positive for the virus.

Health authorities in Mexico called the case "unheard of”.

The triplets, a girl and two boys, were tested four hours after being born last week in the central state San Luis Potosi, health authorities said.

Initially, health authorities said the mother was believed to be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus. But tests later showed that neither she nor the father were infected.

The parents of the triplets (not pictured here) have tested negative for the virus. Source: Getty Images, file picture.
The parents of the triplets (not pictured here) have tested negative for the virus. Source: Getty Images, file picture.

"The parents' results are negative, which catches our attention," said Monica Rangel, secretary of health for the state, during a news conference on Tuesday.

"We specifically requested since yesterday ... that a group of experts investigates the case."

Two of the babies born on June 17 are in good health and show no symptoms of COVID-19, doctors treating the triplets said, while the third one has pneumonia but is in a stable condition.

Ms Rangel said the triplets will remain hospitalised and under observation.

Mexico has reported more than 190,000 coronavirus cases and a total of 23,377 deaths, making it seventh in the most virus-related deaths in the world, according to a Reuters tally.

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