The transfer of Hepatitis C infection from mothers to the infants could be avoided, as per a new Canadian study.
The study suggests that transmission of could be avoided only if the North American country recommended a universal screening for the virus during pregnancy.
The study lead author, Chelsea Elwood said that the team encourages all the healthcare professionals to consider reproductive complications caused due to Hepatitis C, screening for Hepatitis C during pregnancy as well as referral for the treatment of the disease.
The time to conduct universal screening for Hepatitis C among pregnant women has arrived, with the initial prenatal probes which are later repeated when risk factors evolve during 3rd trimester, Elwood concluded.
Nearly 50% of women who are infected with the disease are not aware about them having the infection, and the present treatment using direct antiviral regimes is pretty effective.
With care gaps prevailing during both maternal pregnancy screening as well as postnatal screening for infant, Canada probably has a huge cohort of babies, kids as well as young adults suffering from progressive liver-related disease, who otherwise could have been treated of Hepatitis C if it was identified during early stage, she explained.
But now, transmission of Hepatitis C from mothers to the babies could easily be prevented with collaboration of healthcare professionals, Elwood added.