Inactivation of Zika virus in human breast milk by prolonged storage or pasteurization

Pfänder, Stephanie; Vielle, Nathalie Jane; Ebert, Nadine; Steinmann, E; Alves, Marco; Thiel, Volker Earl (2017). Inactivation of Zika virus in human breast milk by prolonged storage or pasteurization. Virus research, 228, pp. 58-60. Elsevier 10.1016/j.virusres.2016.11.025

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Zika virus infection during pregnancy poses a serious risk for pregnant women as it can cause severe birth defects. Even though the virus is mainly transmitted via mosquitos, human-to-human transmission has been described. Infectious viral particles have been detected in breast milk of infected women which raised concerns regarding the safety of breastfeeding in areas of Zika virus transmission or in case of a suspected or confirmed Zika virus infection. In this study, we show that Zika virus is effectively inactivated in human breast milk after prolonged storage or upon pasteurization of milk.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Host-Pathogen Interaction
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Virology and Immunology
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP)

Graduate School:

Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB)

UniBE Contributor:

Pfänder, Stephanie; Vielle, Nathalie Jane; Ebert, Nadine; Alves, Marco and Thiel, Volker Earl

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology

ISSN:

0168-1702

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Nathalie Jane Vielle

Date Deposited:

06 Sep 2017 12:41

Last Modified:

16 Aug 2018 15:26

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.virusres.2016.11.025

PubMed ID:

27889615

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.99657

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/99657

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