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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 752
Zika virus infection and breastfeeding


1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Visiting Professor, Hainan Medical University, China

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Date of Web Publication21-Aug-2017
 

How to cite this article:
Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Zika virus infection and breastfeeding. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:752

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Zika virus infection and breastfeeding. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Jul 23];10:752. Available from: http://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2017/10/3/752/188503


Zika virus infection is the present global problem. It can be transmitted via mosquito bite and transplacenta modes.[1] The concern is on the atypical uncommon mode of transmission. Recently, there is a big concern on possibility of transmission due to sexual contact.[2] However, there are other possible modes. The transmission via breastfeeding is of interest.[3],[4],[5]

Based on available evidence, there is still no case of Zika virus infection due to breastfeeding. However, the big question is on the possibility whether the Zika virus can be transmitted via breastfeeding or not. Focusing on its molecular size, similar to HIV [6], the passing thorough breast milk pore is possible. However, it should be noted that the virus cannot be absorb to cause disease by gastrointestinal tract, hence, it is rarely that the Zika virus can cause the infection via breastfeeding transmission.

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Zika virus infection and dengue: a new problem in diagnosis in a dengue-endemic area. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:145-146.  Back to cited text no. 1
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D'Ortenzio E, Matheron S, de Lamballerie X, Hubert B, Piorkowski G, Maquart M, et al. Evidence of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus. N Engl J Med. 2016;374:2195-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Besnard M, Lastere S, Teissier A, Cao-Lormeau V, Musso D. Evidence of perinatal transmission of Zika virus, French Polynesia, December 2013 and February 2014. Euro Surveill 2014;19:20751.  Back to cited text no. 5
    
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Wiwanitkit V, Breastfeeding and HIV infection. Int J Nurs Pract 2015;21:682.  Back to cited text no. 6
    

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Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok
Thailand
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.188503

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