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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 5, Issue:8, August, 2016

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
Issues : 12 per year
Publisher : Excellent Publishers
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(8): 71-74

Prevalence of Rotavirus Diarrhoea in Children Below 5 Years, A Pilot Study
P.Jyothi *, K. Prasanthi and P. Kamala
Department of Microbiology, Guntur Medical College / Hospital,Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, Pin-522004, India
*Corresponding author

Rotavirus is a leading cause of severe acute gastroenteritis requiring hospitalization among infants and young children worldwide. Data on rotavirus disease burden are needed across India to support credible, evidence-based decisions regarding any intervention. This pilot study was taken up to estimate the prevalence of rotavirus diarrhoea in children younger than 5 years of age in a tertiary health care setting.  Stool specimens were collected from children aged less than 5 years suffering from acute watery diarrhoea admitted in the paediatric ward Guntur medical college / hospital, Guntur and rotavirus antigen was detected in stool samples by Enzyme Immunoassay. Out of 44 stool specimens tested, rotavirus was detected in 11 (25%) samples. High prevalence of rotavirus diarrhoea was seen in children aged 6 months to 11 months 36.4% followed by 12 months to 23 months 27.3%. Among rotavirus positive children 72.7% were males and 27.3% were females. Hence rotavirus diarrhoea accounts for a large proportion of diarrheal disease in hospitalized children less than 5 years.

Keywords: Rotavirus, Diarrhoea,watery stool, ELISA,Antigen detection, Gastroenteritis.

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Jyothi, P., K. Prasanthi and Kamala, P. 2016. Prevalence of Rotavirus Diarrhoea in Children Below 5 Years, A Pilot StudyInt.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(8): 71-74. doi:
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