Toronto Public Health confirms first three cases of Omicron variant in city’s infant population
The first three cases of Omicron variant are detected in Toronto Public Health’s infant population, and health officials are advising women of child-bearing age to avoid unsterile medical procedures, including caesarean sections and vaginal deliveries.
Three infants who had undergone “a medical procedure that wasn’t performed according to hospital policy” on June 27 were found to have the genetic condition. That’s the same day the Toronto Public Health (TPH) reported a second case of Omicron variant.
The infant affected with Omicron variant is a first-time mother, according to the family’s request for testing.
The infant, born on Dec. 28, tested negative for the genetic condition. She is being cared for at the Toronto General Hospital (TGH) under a Family Health Unit (FHU), a designated home-based health care unit where medical services are administered by registered nurses and other health care professionals within the unit, according to the TPH.
TPH public health spokesperson Dr. Michael Lipsman confirms Ontario’s first cases of Omicron variant and says they are “a public health priority.”
“As part of public health, all Canadians should understand this condition,” says Lipsman. “Women of child-bearing age should know what procedures they can or cannot have without getting the test result in advance. Children who are under six months old should have their mothers undergo the results at birth.”
The Toronto Public Health website, the most trusted source of information for residents with flu-like symptoms, states that “no action should be taken until two consecutive negative influenza tests occur.”
Lipsman says that despite the fact that Omicron variant is usually not fatal, it poses “a risk to pregnant women.”
“Even rare conditions like Omicron can have serious consequences for pregnant women,” says Lipsman. “Children who have Omicron variant have up to nine percent of their genes on the X chromosome, compared