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J Pediatr. 1995 Apr;126(4):589-91.

Absence of infection in breast-fed infants born to hepatitis C virus-infected mothers.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Republic of China.

Abstract

The role of breast-feeding in perinatal transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) was explored in 15 HCV-infected mothers and their infants. The 15 carrier mothers had anti-HCV titers ranging from 1:80 to 1:40,000 and also had HCV-ribonucleic acid with concentrations ranging from 10(4) to 2.5 x 10(8) copies/ml. Both anti-HCV antibody and HCV-ribonucleic acid were present in colostral samples in much lower levels, but none of the 11 breast-fed infants had evidence of HCV infection for up to 1 year of age. Thus breast-feeding seems safe for these infants.

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