Global Illness and Deaths Caused by Rotavirus Disease in Children
This article, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, reports on an effort to estimate the global illness and deaths caused by rotavirus disease from 1986 to 2000. The authors found that, each year during that period, rotavirus caused approximately 111 million episodes of gastroenteritis requiring only home care, 25 million clinic visits, 2 million hospitalizations, and 352,000 to 592,000 deaths in children less than five years of age. They also concluded that children in the poorest countries account for 82 percent of rotavirus deaths.
Author: Parashar UD, Hummelman EG, Bresee JS, Miller MA, Glass RI
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Citation: Parashar UD, Hummelman EG, Bresee JS, Miller MA, Glass RI. Global Illness and Deaths Caused by Rotavirus Disease in Children. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2003;9(5):565-572.
Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal