Author(s): Yap KL, Wong YH, Khor CM, Ooi YE
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Abstract A 12-month study was carried out on the molecular epidemiology of rotavirus in urban and suburban Malaysian children. Analysis of faecal samples from 973 hospitalized diarrhoeic children by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis detected 268 rotaviruses (28\%). All isolates were group A rotaviruses, which produced 22 electropherotypes: 16 (91.5\%) with long RNA migration patterns and 6 (8.5\%) with short patterns. One of the long-pattern electropherotypes was the predominant strain (71.1\% of the total electropherotypes) isolated during this study. Although 3 other strains were detected sporadically over the study period, 16 others were present only during the first 7 months and 2 others were confined to the last 5 months. Long- and short-pattern electropherotypes were found to co-circulate extensively. There was a significant association of short-pattern electropherotypes with infection in older children. In addition, the prevalence of vomiting and mean duration of diarrhoea were significantly associated with different electropherotypes.
This article was published in Can J Microbiol
and referenced in Translational Medicine