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Burden of Rotavirus-Associated and Non-Rotavirus-Associated Diarrhea among Nonhospitalized Individuals in Central Italy: A 1-Year Sentinel-Based Epidemiological and Virological Surveillance

Filippo Ansaldi, Piero Lai, Laura Valle, Rosamaria Riente, Paolo Durando, Laura Sticchi, Pierluigi Tucci, Paolo Biasci, Pietro Crovari, Roberto Gasparini and Giancarlo Icardi

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 46, issue 6, pages e51-e55
Published in print March 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/527449
Burden of Rotavirus-Associated and Non-Rotavirus-Associated Diarrhea among Nonhospitalized Individuals in Central Italy: A 1-Year Sentinel-Based Epidemiological and Virological Surveillance

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A community sentinel pediatrician-based epidemiological and virological surveillance study was conducted to estimate the incidence of gastroenteritis and laboratory-confirmed rotavirus-associated disease. The 1-year cumulative incidence of gastroenteritis in the cohort of children aged 0–5 years was 21%, with the highest rates in the 7–12-month and 13–18-month age groups (41.1% and 41.7%, respectively). Approximately one-third of gastroenteritis cases requiring an office visit or telephone consultation were attributable to rotavirus infection.

Journal Article.  2785 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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