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Epidemiology of Group A Rotaviruses Surveillance and Burden of Disease Studies

  • Mary Ramsay
  • David Brown
Part of the Methods in Molecular Medicine™ book series (MIMM, volume 34)


Human infection has been reported with groups A, B, and C rotaviruses (RVs). Of these, Group A RVs are the most important, being a major cause of severe gastroenteritis (GE). Each year, Group A RVs are estimated to cause approx 870,000 deaths worldwide in children less than 5 years (yr) of age, mostly in developing countries (1). This chapter will describe the epidemiological features of Group A RV infections, and will critically review the current surveillance strategies used to define the burden of disease.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Ramsay
    • 1
  • David Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.Public Health Laboratory ServiceCommunicable Disease Surveillance CentreLondonUK
  2. 2.Enteric and Respiratory Virus Laboratory, Central Public Health LaboratoryPublic Health Laboratory ServiceLondonUK

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