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Transmission of Brucellosis via Breastfeeding: A Mother and Her Preterm Baby

Kose, Sükran MD*; Halicioglu, Oya MD†; Turken, Melda MD*; Bag, Ozlem Ince MD†; Akkoclu, Gulgun MD*

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: November 2011 - Volume 19 - Issue 6 - pp 433-435
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31820dc579
Case Reports

Brucellosis is a zoonotic infectious disease that can be transmitted to humans through infected milk, dairy products, and meat of affected animals. There have been a few case reports of transmission through breastfeeding. We report a mother with brucellosis and her 34-day-old baby with septic arthritis caused by brucellosis; the probable way of transmission is the breast milk.

From the Departments of *Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology and †Pediatrics, The Ministry of Health, Tepecik Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey.

Correspondence to: Oya Halicioglu, MD, 119/1 sk. No: 5 Basinkent sitesi B blok/6, 35050 Bornova, Izmir, Turkey. E-mail: oyahalicioglu@yahoo.com.tr.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.