Latest Rotavirus Stories

2010-01-28 10:10:00

Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe, acute gastroenteritis among infants and young children throughout the world and is responsible for an estimated 527,000 deaths among children under five each year. More than 90% of childhood deaths attributed to rotavirus infection occur in developing countries. Symptoms include severe diarrhea and vomiting, leading to loss of fluid and electrolytes which can result in dehydration, shock, and death. Safety and efficacy trials have already been...

2009-11-18 14:12:15

Four million deaths averted through boost for immunization over last 10 years Following the increasing impact of the GAVI Alliance on the vaccine market, the price of one of the major combination vaccines, the pentavalent, is falling considerably, enabling GAVI's partners to vaccinate millions of more children in the developing world. News of the unprecedented progress was announced in Hanoi, Vietnam just before the GAVI Partners' Forum, which unites some 400 participants from all over the...

2009-11-05 10:52:06

The Journal of Infectious Diseases has released a special edition, Global Rotavirus Surveillance: Preparing for the Introduction of Rotavirus Vaccines. This special edition provides a significant contribution to the understanding of rotavirus disease burden and the impact of rotavirus vaccines, which have the potential to save an estimated 228,000 lives annually. As the leading cause of severe diarrheal disease, rotavirus exacts a tremendous toll on health systems, particularly in the world's...

2009-10-21 12:40:58

$1 billion minimum required annually to reach children still at risk Reversing a downward trend, immunization rates are now at their highest ever and vaccine development worldwide is booming, according to a new assessment released today by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the World Bank. The State of the World's Vaccines and Immunization reports that more infants are being immunized today than ever before"”a record 106 million in 2008"”according to new data. At the...

2009-09-03 11:27:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue. Pediatric Health Care Products and Services http://www.reportlinker.com/p0118052/Pediatric-Health-Care-Products-and-Services.html This report: Provides an overview of the global pediatric health care products and services market Focuses on acute short-term illnesses and selected chronic illnesses in the pediatric population including asthma/allergies,...

2009-07-17 00:53:39

Vaccines for rotavirus, which causes diarrhea, have implications for combating illness in the United States and temper epidemics worldwide, U.S. officials say. The research, published in the journal Science, is based on mathematical modeling that takes into account regional birth rates and predicted vaccination levels and effectiveness. Lead investigator Umesh D. Parashar of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the model suggests that when 80 percent or more of children in a...

2009-07-16 15:03:40

Fewer births in states such as California may be delaying the annual onset of a common intestinal virus in the southwest, according to epidemiologists. The timing of infectious outbreaks in other locations such as the northeast remains more or less unchanged. Rotavirus is a leading cause of diarrhea among children, both in the developed and developing world. In the United States, the virus causes about 60,000 hospitalizations each year and kills about 40 children below the age of five. "It is...

2009-07-16 14:45:36

New vaccines shift the course of childhood diarrhea-causing disease and could have big global impact New vaccines have the potential to prevent or temper epidemics of the childhood diarrhea-causing disease rotavirus, protect the unvaccinated and raise the age at which the infection first appears in children, federal researchers reported in a study today. The findings were based on changing patterns of rotavirus transmission in the United States, where the disease is rarely fatal, and they...

2009-06-18 21:08:05

U.S. researchers report they are developing molecular pictures of viruses as part of the search for more effective vaccines. Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Md., say they have developed new images of the sometimes deadly gastrointestinal bug -- rotavirus -- as it is being destroyed by an immune system molecule. The map shows the anti-viral antibody clamping onto a protein called VP7 on the surface of rotavirus. This VP7 protein coating that allows the virus to...

2009-06-11 13:33:05

Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers are reporting the first detailed molecular snapshots of a deadly gastrointestinal virus as it is caught in the grasp of an immune system molecule with the capacity to destroy it. The images could help scientists design a more effective vaccine against rotavirus, a lethal infection that kills more than 500,000 children worldwide each year. The discovery is timely.Last week the World Health Organization recommended that rotavirus vaccination be...

Latest Rotavirus Reference Libraries

2011-02-23 20:42:46

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...

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