Folia Microbiologica

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 129–132 | Cite as

First experience with diagnosing astroviral infections in children hospitalized in Pilsen (Czechia)

  • P. PazdioraEmail author
  • H. Jelínková
  • M. Švecová
  • J. Táborská


Between the years 2000–2002 astroviral infection was confirmed in 0.8 % of 2606 children admitted for a diarrheal disease to theUniversity Hospital in Pilsen (Czechia). Astrovirus infections most frequently occurred in the age group between 49–60 months, and 77.3 % of the infections occurred in winter. When the incidence was calculated for these most susceptible age groups, the positive rates were 2.4 % (between 49–60 months) and 1.2 % (between 7–12 months) respectively. On average the hospitalization lasted for 5 d, the diarrhea 3.7 d, vomiting 1.1 d, and 40.9 % of infected children had a raised temperature. In 7 out of 872 stool samples (0.8 %), astrovirus antigen has appeared in the course of the monitored period,i.e. nosocomial astrovirus infection was recorded. In view of the rarity of detecting astroviral infections it is probably not effective to include the diagnosis of these infections in the routine panel when examining the children admitted for gastrointestinal infections. The diagnosis of these infections should, however, be performed within the framework of epidemic incidence and in nosocomial infections.


Nosocomial Infection Gastroenteritis Stool Sample Acute Gastroenteritis Rotaviral Infection 
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© Institute of Microbiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Pazdiora
    • 1
    Email author
  • H. Jelínková
    • 1
  • M. Švecová
    • 2
  • J. Táborská
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Epidemiology, Medical FacultyCharles UniversityPilsenCzechia
  2. 2.Institute of MicrobiologyUniversity HospitalPilsen
  3. 3.Clinic of Infectious DiseasesUniversity HospitalPilsen

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