Lactating mothers infected with Ebola virus: EBOV RTPCR of blood only may be insufficient

M. Moreau, C. Spencer, J. G. Gozalbes, R. Colebunders, A. Lefevre, S. Gryseels, B. Borremans, S. Gunther, D. Becker, J. A. Bore, F. R. Koundouno, A. Di Caro, R. Wölfel, T. Decroo, M. Van Herp, L. Peetermans, A. M. Camara

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We describe two Ebola virus (EBOV) RT-PCR discordant mother–child pairs. In the first, blood from the breastfeeding mother, recovering from EBOV infection, tested negative twice but her urine tested positive. Her child became infected by EBOV and died. In the second, the breastfed child remained EBOV-negative, although the mother’s blood tested positive. We highlight possible benefits of EBOV RT-PCR testing in urine and breast milk and the need for hygiene counselling when those fluids are EBOV-positive.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21017
JournalEuro surveillance : bulletin européen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 22 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Virology


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