Cytomegalovirus shedding from breastmilk and mucosal sites in healthy postpartum women: A pilot study.
Journal of medical virology
breastmilk; cytomegalovirus; postpartum
Mother-to-child cytomegalovirus (CMV) breastmilk transmission can occur in the postnatal period. In a pilot study, we measured daily CMV detection by polymerase chain reaction in breastmilk, vaginal, and saliva samples from nine healthy CMV-seropositive postpartum women for 28 days. CMV was found in seven of nine women and 171 of 253 breastmilk samples (67.6%). In four women, all breastmilk samples were positive. CMV was less frequently detected in the vagina (39 of 258, 15.1%) and saliva (53 of 258, 20.5%). Daily breastmilk, oral, and genital collection is feasible and demonstrates high variability between women. Further study of the dynamics of CMV in distinct anatomic compartments is warranted.
Women & Children
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Azenkot, Tali; Zaniello, Benjamin; Green, Margaret L; Selke, Stacy; Huang, Meei-Li; Magaret, Amalia; Wald, Anna; and Johnston, Christine, "Cytomegalovirus shedding from breastmilk and mucosal sites in healthy postpartum women: A pilot study." (2018). Articles, Abstracts, and Reports. 896.