Surveillance for rotavirus in Argentina

Citation
K. Bok et al., Surveillance for rotavirus in Argentina, J MED VIROL, 65(1), 2001, pp. 190-198
Citations number
45
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Clinical Immunolgy & Infectious Disease",Microbiology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF MEDICAL VIROLOGY
ISSN journal
0146-6615 → ACNP
Volume
65
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
190 - 198
Database
ISI
SICI code
0146-6615(200109)65:1<190:SFRIA>2.0.ZU;2-I
Abstract
Group A rotaviruses are the major cause of severe gastroenteritis in young children worldwide. Because rotavirus vaccination appeared imminent, a nati onwide surveillance program was organized between October 1996 and October 1998 in the largest Argentine cities. Surveillance for disease burden, rota virus detection, and rotavirus typing was undertaken at nine locations. Res ults showed rotavirus to be associated with 42% of diarrhea admissions. Alt hough the prevalent G types changed from year to year, common G types were found in 96% of the cases and were usually associated with common P types. Uncommon G types, G9 and G5, were found at low prevalence and uncommon G/P combinations occurred at almost every study site. These data suggest that a rotavirus vaccine could substantially decrease the rotavirus disease burde n in Argentina, but that introduction of a vaccine should be accompanied by a concurrent surveillance system. (C) 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.