Monkeypox disease in a breastfeeding infant

Pediatr Dermatol. 2023 Jan;40(1):214-215. doi: 10.1111/pde.15145. Epub 2022 Sep 30.


A previously healthy breastfed 7-month-old infant presented with several papulovesicular lesions, a hyperemic pharynx and a petechial enanthema. His mother had confirmed monkeypox infection with similar skin lesions on the chest wall. Skin-to-skin contact is the most likely mode of transmission of monkeypox. Precautions to limit skin contact during activities such as breastfeeding are recommended if suspected skin lesions are present.

Keywords: infectious disease; monkeypox; pediatric dermatology; viral exanthemas.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding
  • Exanthema*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Mothers
  • Mpox (monkeypox)*
  • Skin