Ebola Virus Persistence in Breast Milk After No Reported Illness: A Likely Source of Virus Transmission From Mother to Child.
Sissoko D., Keïta M., Diallo B., Aliabadi N., Fitter DL., Dahl BA., Akoi Bore J., Raymond Koundouno F., Singethan K., Meisel S., Enkirch T., Mazzarelli A., Amburgey V., Faye O., Alpha Sall A., Magassouba N., Carroll MW., Anglaret X., Malvy D., Formenty P., Bruce Aylward R., Keïta S., Harouna Djingarey M., Loman NJ., Günther S., Duraffour S.
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.