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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 23, No. 3, 2005, pp. 245-249
Bioline Code: hn05031
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2005, pp. 245-249

 en Epidemiological Aspects of Rotavirus Infection in Ahwaz, Iran
Samarbafzadeh, Alireza; Tehrani, Elham Mazaheri; Makvandi, Manouchehr & Taremi, Mahnaz


Rotavirus is the major cause of diarrhoea in children worldwide. In this study, conducted in the city of Ahwaz, Iran, during November 2001 - March 2002, stool samples from 200 inpatient (n=63) and outpatient (n= 137) children aged 1-24 month(s) were analyzed. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis was used for isolating rotavirus. Rotavirus was isolated from 36 (26.3%) of the 137 stool samples of outpatients and from 23 (36.5%) of the 63 stool samples of inpatients. The overall frequency of rotavirus in this population was 29.5%. The highest detection of rotavirus was made in children aged 7-12 months, which demonstrated that the relationship between age and rate of rotaviral infection was statistically significant (p<0.05). The predominant electrophoretic pattern detected was the long (L) electrophoretype (46 of 59; 78%), followed by the short (S) electrophoretype (12 of 59; 20.3%). One strain had a mixed pattern. Such analysis throughout Iran would assist in developing sound guidelines for the prevention of rotavirus infections.

Rotavirus; Rotavirus infections; Diarrhoea, Infantile; Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis; Diagnosis, Laboratory; Epidemiology; Iran

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