Journal Article

Epidemiology of Rotavirus Infection in North-western Nigeria

M. Aminu, A. A. Ahmad, J. U. Umoh, J. Dewar, M. D. Esona and A. D. Steele

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 54, issue 5, pages 340-342
Published in print October 2008 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online March 2008 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI:
Epidemiology of Rotavirus Infection in North-western Nigeria

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Rotaviruses (RV) are associated with 33 000 deaths in children <5 years of age annually in Nigeria. However, limited data exit on RV infection in north-western Nigeria. During July 2002 to July 2004, 1063 (869 diarrhoeic and 194 control) stool samples were collected from children <5 years of age presenting with diarrhoea in north-western Nigeria. The stools were analysed for RV antigen and further characterized by antigenic and genomic methods. RV was detected in 18% of children with diarrhoea and 7.2% of the age-matched case controls. The highest RV burden was detected in children <6-months-old. Long electropherotypes and VP6 subgroup I + II specificity predominated.

Journal Article.  1007 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Paediatrics

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