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Prevalence of Severe Acute Rotavirus Gastroenteritis and Intussusceptions in Ghanaian Children Under 5 Years of Age

This article, published in the Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, reports on a study that conducted pre-vaccine surveillance of the burden of rotavirus disease, prevalent rotavirus genotypes, and the association between rotavirus disease and intussusception in order to help in monitoring the future impact of vaccination. The authors found that rotavirus causes significant morbidity in children younger than five years of age in Ghana, and that the peak age of rotavirus gastroenteritis and intussusception overlapped. In addition, they concluded that the high prevalence of mixed rotavirus genotypes found in Ghanaian children may affect the effectiveness of vaccine once introduced in the country.

Author: Enweronu-Laryea CC, Sagoe KWC, Glover-Addy H, Asmah RH, Mingle JA, Armah GE

Published: 2012

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Citation: Enweronu-Laryea CC, Sagoe KWC, Glover-Addy H, Asmah RH, Mingle JA, Armah GE. Prevalence of Severe Acute Rotavirus Gastroenteritis and Intussusceptions in Ghanaian Children Under 5 Years of Age. Journal of Infection in Developing Countries. 2012;6(2):148-155.

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Rotavirus

Topics: Disease burden and surveillance, Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Africa