Emergencies preparedness, response

Breastfeeding in the context of Zika virus

Interim guidance


World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 2
Publication date: 25 February 2016
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/ZIKV/MOC/16.5


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The main mode of Zika virus transmission is through infected Aedes mosquitoes. However, current widespread transmission of the virus has raised questions as to whether transmission can also occur during breastfeeding, a practice essential to infant and young child survival and development.

The purpose of this document is to provide interim recommendations to guide breastfeeding practices in the context of Zika virus. A systematic review of evidence will be conducted in March 2016 to revise and update these recommendations.

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