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Breastfeed Med. 2012 Aug;7:313-5. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2011.0084. Epub 2012 Apr 26.

Breastmilk hepatitis A virus RNA in nursing mothers with acute hepatitis A virus infection.

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Liver Unit, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel.

Abstract

Breastmilk specimens from three women with acute hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection were studied. Anti-HAV immunoglobulin M and immunoglobulin G antibodies were detected in serum and breastmilk specimens of the three women. The three women also had serum HAV RNA. However, HAV RNA was detected only in two of the three breastmilk specimens. It is interesting that none of the three infants contracted clinical HAV infection. Furthermore, mothers with HAV infection should not be encouraged to discontinue breastfeeding.

PMID:
22537111
DOI:
10.1089/bfm.2011.0084
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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