European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 1–11 | Cite as

The antigenic diversity of rotaviruses: Significance to epidemiology and vaccine strategies

  • G. M. Beards
  • D. W. G. Brown


Rotaviruses are the major cause of infantile gastroenteritis world-wide. Much antigenic diversity exists amongst them. This has important implications to diagnosis, epidemiology and vaccination strategies. The nature of this diversity is now well understood. This review outlines and discussed our current knowledge of the subject from a historical perspective.

Key words

Rotavirus serotypes subgroups Vaccines Atypical rotaviruses 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Beards
    • 1
  • D. W. G. Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.Regional Virus Laboratory and WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on RotavirusesEast Birmingham HospitalBirminghamUK
  2. 2.Wellcome Research Unit ChristianMedical College HospitalVellore, Tamil NaduIndia

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