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Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
ISSN: 1995-7262
Vol. 21, No. 3, 2009, pp. 113-115
Bioline Code: mm09027
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 21, No. 3, 2009, pp. 113-115

 en History of rotavirus research in children in Malawi: the pursuit of a killer
Cunliffe, Nigel; Ngwira, Bagrey & Witte, Desiree


Rotavirus gastroenteritis is a major health problem among Malawian children. Studies spanning 20 years have described the importance, epidemiology and viral characteristics of rotavirus infections in the country. Despite a wide diversity of circulating rotavirus strains causing severe disease in young infants, a clinical trial of a human rotavirus vaccine clearly demonstrated the potential for rotavirus vaccination to greatly reduce the morbidity and mortality due to rotavirus diarrhoea in Malawi. This new enteric vaccine initiative represents a major opportunity to improve the health and survival of Malawian children.


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