Ebola virus persistence in breast milk after no reported illness: A likely source of virus transmission from mother to child

Daouda Sissoko, Mory Keïta, Boubacar Diallo, Negar Aliabadi, David L Fitter, Benjamin A Dahl, Joseph Akoi Bore, Fara Raymond Koundouno, Katrin Singethan, Sarah Meisel, Theresa Enkirch, Antonio Mazzarelli, Victoria Amburgey, Ousmane Faye, Amadou Alpha Sall, N'Faly Magassouba, Miles W Carroll, Xavier Anglaret, Denis Malvy, Pierre FormentyRaymond Bruce Aylward, Sakoba Keïta, Mamoudou Harouna Djingarey, Nicholas J Loman, Stephan Günther, Sophie Duraffour

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Abstract

A 9-month-old infant died from Ebola virus (EBOV) disease with unknown epidemiological link. While her parents did not report previous illness, laboratory investigations revealed persisting EBOV RNA in the mother's breast milk and the father's seminal fluid. Genomic analysis strongly suggests EBOV transmission to the child through breastfeeding.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Early online date10 Dec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Dec 2016

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