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Submitted by krewersf on 14 November 2018

This interesting article confirms what we've suggested for some time, that Zika virus is transferred into human milk. However,  should a mom with Zika stop breastfeeding,  apparently not,  no abnormalities were found in these infants.  TWH


Emerg Infect Dis. 2017 May;23(5):856-857. doi: 10.3201/eid2305.161538. Epub 2017 May 15.

Persistence of Zika Virus in Breast Milk after Infection in Late Stage of Pregnancy.

Sotelo JR, Sotelo AB, Sotelo FJB, Doi AM, Pinho JRR, Oliveira RC, Bezerra AMPS, Deutsch AD, Villas-Boas LS, Felix AC, Romano CM, Machado CM, Mendes-Correa MCJ, Santana RAF, Menezes FG, Mangueira CLP.


We detected Zika virus in breast milk of a woman in Brazil infected with the virus during the 36th week of pregnancy. Virus was detected 33 days after onset of signs and symptoms and 9 days after delivery. No abnormalities were found during fetal assessment or after birth of the infant.


Brazil; Zika virus; breast milk; colostrum; fetus; infection; late stage; mosquitoes; newborn; persistence; pregnancy; viruses; zoonoses

PMID: 28192072