Epidemiology and Infection

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Epidemiology and Infection (2009), 137:932-935 Cambridge University Press
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doi:10.1017/S095026880800160X

Short Report

Gastroenteritis and rotaviruses

Acute gastroenteritis caused by multiple enteric pathogens in children


S.-Y. CHENa1a2, C.-N. TSAIa2, H.-C. CHAOa1, M.-W. LAIa1, T.-Y. LINa3, T.-Y. KOa2 and C.-H. CHIUa3 c1

a1 Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Chang Gung Children's Hospital, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Taoyuan, Taiwan
a2 Graduate Institute of Clinical Medical Science, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Taoyuan, Taiwan
a3 Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Chang Gung Children's Hospital, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Taoyuan, Taiwan
Article author query
chen s- [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]
tsai c- [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]
chao h- [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]
lai m- [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]
lin t- [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]
ko t- [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]
chiu c- [PubMed]  [Google Scholar]

SUMMARY

Of 303 children hospitalized with acute non-bloody, non-mucoid diarrhoea, 69 (22·8%) had polymicrobial infection, including 52 (17·2%) multiple viral infection and 17 (5·6%) viral and bacterial co-infection. Rotavirus had the most important role in both categories; thus the control of rotavirus infection is crucial for maintaining children's health in Taiwan.

(Accepted October 22 2008)

(Online publication December 02 2008)

Key Words:Acute gastroenteritis; children; multiple enteric pathogens

Correspondence:

c1 Author for correspondence: C.-H. Chiu, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Chang Gung Children's Hospital, 5 Fu-Hsin Street, Kweishan 333, Taoyuan, Taiwan. (Email: chchiu@adm.cgmh.org.tw)

Footnotes

† These authors contributed equally to this work.


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