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Access to clean water is a necessity often taken for granted.
Vaccinating infants against rotavirus also prevents serious disease in unvaccinated older children and adults.
Rice University scientists have defined the structure -- down to the atomic level -- of a virus that causes juvenile diarrhea.
Vaccination against rotavirus, a major cause of severe acute gastroenteritis in children, dramatically decreased hospitalization rates for the infection among infants in three U.S. counties.
Despite significant advancements in increasing distribution and development of vaccines against childhood killer diseases â€“ including pneumococcal disease, rotavirus, and Haemophilus influenzae Type B â€“ global efforts to reduce the burden of infection from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) has greatly lagged.
Billions have been pledged by international donors, led by Britain and Bill Gates, to buy vaccines that help protect children in poor countries against life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea.
Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea among infants and young children and is one of several viruses that cause the stomach flu. It is in the family Reoviridae and is a genus of double-stranded RNA. Most children have been infected by the age of five. Each infection builds on previous immunity and thus subsequent infections are less severe and adults are rarely affected. The fives species of the virus are referred to as A, B, C, D, and E. Type A, which is the most common, causes more...