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Tag Archives: Rotavirus
Several interesting papers on responses to rotavirus infection have been published recently, so I thought I’d round them up in one place. Continue reading
Rotavirus vaccine, Rotarix, will be added to the UK routine childhood vaccination schedule next year. It is estimated that the vaccine will halve the number of vomiting and diarrhoea cases caused by rotavirus and there could be 70% fewer hospital … Continue reading
Diarrhoeal disease, usually caused by infectious agents, is the second major cause of death in children aged under five years. Despite the targets of Millennium Development Goal 7 to half the number of people without access to clean water or improved sanitation by 2015, over one billion people worldwide do not currently have access to clean water and over two billion do not currently have access to improved sanitation. Continue reading
The rotavirus (RV) genome comprises 11 segments of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) and is contained within a non-enveloped, icosahedral particle. During assembly, a highly coordinated selective packaging mechanism ensures that progeny RV virions contain one of each genome segment. Cis-acting signals … Continue reading
Group A rotaviruses (RVs) are important pathogens that cause acute, dehydrating gastroenteritis in infants and young children. The burden of disease is severe, particularly in developing countries where RV infections lead to more than 500,000 deaths annually. RVs are non-enveloped, … Continue reading
Rotaviruses were discovered in 1972 when the virus was seen by direct electron microscopy visualization in the intestinal biopsies of children with acute diarrhoea. The authors of a new review discuss the most relevant information in the field of rotavirus … Continue reading