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Epidemiology and Infection (2009),
137:932-935 Cambridge University Press
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Gastroenteritis and rotaviruses
Acute gastroenteritis caused by multiple enteric pathogens in children
S.-Y. CHEN a1 a2 †, C.-N. TSAI a2 †, H.-C. CHAO a1, M.-W. LAI a1, T.-Y. LIN a3, T.-Y. KO a2 and C.-H. CHIU a3 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 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: 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: c1 ) firstname.lastname@example.org Footnotes
† These authors contributed equally to this work.