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A Case of Brucellosis Transmitted Through Breast Milk

Author(s): İbrahim Halil Şahin | Celal Çalışır | Hakkı Mustafa Güldüren | Süda Tekin-Koruk | Yasin Doğrusoy

Journal: Klimik Journal
ISSN 1301-143X

Volume: 24;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 126;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Human milk | brucellosis.

Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease caused by ingestion of unpasteurized dairy products, and exposure to animals or their secretions. In this article, a case of brucellosis, which breast milk is a potential transmission route, is reported. A 6-month-old boy and his mother were diagnosed as acute brucellosis. Brucella melitensis was isolated from the blood culture of both the infant and his mother. The baby was fed only with his mother’s.breast milk. He was treated with rifampin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole for 6 weeks. Physicians should be aware that breast milk is a potential source of transmission of brucellosis.
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