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Ebola
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Ebola

The Ebola virus has been detected in breastmilk. According to the World Health Organization, breastfeeding should be stopped if acute Ebola virus infection is suspected or confirmed in the lactating mother or nursing child1. Even if both mother and child are infected, it is recommended to stop breastfeeding due to a concern for viral boosting, increasing the risk of disease severity.

Mothers who have recovered from Ebola virus infection are advised to wait for 2 consecutive negative RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) breastmilk tests for Ebola virus, separated by 24 hours.

References

World Health Organization Guidelines for the Management of Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women in the Context of Ebola Virus Disease https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/330851/9789240001381-eng.pdf (accessed 8/15/2021)