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First Ebola-Related Death from Breast Milk Transmission Reported in Guinea

Sissoko D, et al. Clin Infect Dis. 2016;doi:10.1093/cid/ciw79.

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healio.com - January 10, 2017

Genomic analysis confirmed that the 2015 death of a 9-month-old Guinean infant from Ebola virus was the result of transmission through the breast milk of her asymptomatic mother, according to a recent case study.

In August 2015, the infant developed fever, diarrhea, vomiting and cough, which stabilized following administration of erythromycin, paracetamol, amodiaquine, albendazole and metopimazine. However, 6 days later, her condition rapidly deteriorated with increased diarrhea and vomiting. The infant later developed respiratory distress and died while en route to the hospital.

A buccal swab of the infant’s RNA tested positive for Ebola virus using reverse transcription PCR, yet an epidemiological investigation could not identify a known source of infection.

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