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A year's experience of the rotavirus syndrome and its association with respiratory illness.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  224824     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In a hospital study rotavirus was identified in 51% of 152 children with diarrhoea. These patients showed a clinical pattern that was distinct from patients in whom the diarrhoea was associated with bacteria, other viruses, or no pathogens. A respiratory illness was described in 66% of rotavirus patients and usually preceded the gastrointestinal symptoms. Vomiting lasted between one and 3 days and was curtailed by substituting the normal diet with clear fluids. Watery diarrhoes continued for 4 or 5 days, even when rehydration was by the intravenous rather than the oral route. Prolonged diarrhoea was rare. Most children infected with rotavirus were under 2 years of age, but dehydration was most severe in infants aged between 12 and 18 months. A clinician can thus recognise the rotavirus syndrome and expect spontaneous recovery if adequate rehydration is maintained for a critical few days.
H M Lewis; J V Parry; H A Davies; R P Parry; A Mott; R R Dourmashkin; P J Sanderson; D A Tyrrell; H B Valman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of disease in childhood     Volume:  54     ISSN:  1468-2044     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Dis. Child.     Publication Date:  1979 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-10-17     Completed Date:  1979-10-17     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372434     Medline TA:  Arch Dis Child     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  339-46     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Child, Preschool
Diarrhea / complications,  microbiology*
Disease Outbreaks
Infant, Newborn
Prospective Studies
Respiratory Tract Infections / complications,  microbiology*
Rotavirus / isolation & purification
Virus Diseases / microbiology*
Vomiting / complications

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