Four-year study of rotavirus electropherotypes from cases of infantile diarrhea in Rome

F. M. Ruggeri, M. L. Marziano, A. Tinari, E. Salvatori, G. Donelli

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Abstract

Rotavirus infections were detected in 210 of 675 children with acute diarrhea admitted to a major pediatric hospital in Rome from January 1982 through December 1985. Most of the patients with rotavirus infections were admitted during the winter season in both 1982 and 1985, whereas during the two intermediate years, cases occurred in all months. Among 84 rotavirus samples examined, 14 different electropherotypes were recognized, 2 of which largely predominated over the others. The two electropherotypes were particularly frequent in the 2 epidemic years, altogether accounting for 70.2% of the samples typed, and circulated in distinct periods. None of the viruses showed a short pattern of electrophoretic migration of the genome, indicating a minor involvement of subgroup I rotaviruses in hospitalization-requiring diarrheas occuring in the area surveyed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1522-1526
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume27
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)

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