The burden of hospitalised rotavirus infections in Fiji

Jenney, A; Tikoduadua, L; Buadromo, E; Barnes, G; Kirkwood, CD; Boniface, K; Bines, J; Mulholland, K; Russell, F; (2009) The burden of hospitalised rotavirus infections in Fiji. Vaccine, 27. F108-F111. ISSN 0264-410X DOI:

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Rotavirus is the most common cause of acute severe dehydrating diarrhoea in young children worldwide. We describe the burden of rotavirus disease and the rotavirus types causing it in the largest city in Fiji. During 2006 and 2007, 592 children under 5 years of age were admitted to hospital in Suva, Fiji with acute diarrhoea. Of the 454 children for whom a stool specimen was tested, 39% were positive for rotavirus and the predominant strain found was the serotype G3[P8]. There is a significant burden of disease due to rotavirus in Fiji and the introduction of rotavirus vaccines into the national immunization schedule may drastically reduce inpatient diarrhoeal disease. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Rotavirus, Surveillance, Vaccine, polymerase chain-reaction, infantile gastroenteritis, diarrhea, children, epidemic
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Vaccine Centre
PubMed ID: 19931707
Web of Science ID: 273415000022


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