Outbreak of rotavirus gastroenteritis among premature infants

G. U. Rochi, S. Vella, S. Resta, S. Cochi, G. Donelli, F. Tangucci, D. Menichella, A. Varveri, R. Inglese

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Though rotavirus causes severe gastroenteritis predominantly in infants and young children, it may infect any age group. In neonates rotavirus infection is usually subclinical, and even in premature babies, the infection is reportedly mostly mild. We report an outbreak of rotavirus infection among premature and low-birthweight babies in a special-care ward. In most cases virus excretion was associated with gastroenteritis. Dehydration, weight loss, and growth retardation occurred in several cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)886
Number of pages1
JournalBritish Medical Journal
Issue number6296
Publication statusPublished - 1981

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