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Am J Epidemiol. 1981 Jun;113(6):703-10.

An outbreak of rotavirus diarrhea among a nonimmune, isolated South American Indian community.


During July-August 1977, an outbreak of acute diarrhea occurred in an unusually isolated population, the Tiriyó Indians, who live in the north of Pará, Brazil, near the border with Surinam. Diarrhea was reported by 157 (70%) of the 224 Indians living in the village during the epidemic. There was one fatal case in a one year old child. Rotavirus was detected by electron microscopy in one fecal specimen collected from an acute case of diarrhea. Seroconversions were noted in 127 out of 168 (75.6%) paired serum samples tested for rotavirus antibody by counter-immunoelectrophoresis. With immunofluorescence based neutralization tests, rotavirus serotype 1 (Birmingham) was shown to be associated with the outbreak. The infection also boosted type 3 antibodies but this was most apparent in persons with pre-existing type 3 titers and the boost was not as great as with type 1. All age groups were affected. The proportion symptomatic was greatest in young children.

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