Posts Tagged ‘rotavirus’

Norovirus Steals the Crown from Rotavirus

Posted by • March 20th, 2013

A decade ago, if a young child with profuse diarrhea and vomiting was brought into the pediatrician’s office, the doctor would think immediately: rotavirus. No longer, says Daniel Payne, author of a new study in NEJM this week. According to their results, norovirus has displaced rotavirus as the predominant cause of acute infectious gastroenteritis in children…. Read More…

Natural Rotavirus Infection in an Indian Birth Cohort: How Much Protection Does It Give?

Posted by • July 27th, 2011

Rotaviruses cause more than half a million deaths each year, and approximately 23 percent of these deaths occur in India. There are two vaccines available for use to prevent rotavirus gastroenteritis in infants and children: RotaTeq and Rotarix. But RotaTeq was introduced in India only earlier this year, and access to it is limited. Oral vaccines… Read More…

Rotavirus Vaccination: Mortality Benefit and Intussusception Risk

Posted by • June 15th, 2011

What ferocious creature is responsible for over half a million deaths annually among children under five? It isn’t lions, or killer bees, or Rottweilers gone rabid: It’s rotavirus. This villainous pathogen is the most common cause of severe diarrhea among infants and young children worldwide, resulting in hundreds of thousands of childhood deaths in the… Read More…