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Ann Lab Med. 2014 Mar;34(2):145-7. doi: 10.3343/alm.2014.34.2.145. Epub 2014 Feb 13.

Prevalence of human astrovirus in patients with acute gastroenteritis.

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1
Department of Microbiology, Seoul Metropolitan Government Research Institute of Public Health and Environment, Gwacheon, Korea.
2
College of Veterinary Medicine, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea.

Abstract

The prevalence of human astroviruses was tested in patients with acute gastroenteritis by using conventional duplex reverse transcription (RT)-PCR and electrophoresis. Diarrheal fecal samples were collected from 9,597 patients at local hospitals in Seoul. The prevalence of astroviruses was 1.0% (94/9,597 patients; mostly infants), and that of sapoviruses was 0.1% (14/9,597 patients). Age- and gender-wise analyses were carried out on 29 astrovirus-positive patients having complete information on file regarding their age, gender, and other particulars. The results were higher in patients of ages 0 to 14 yr, and 69.0% of the astrovirus-positive patients were females, of which 69.2% were infants (0 to 12 months), and 61.5% were 1-4 yr old. Notably, in the case of 5 to 78-yr-old acute gastroenteritis patients, 100% were females.

KEYWORDS:

Acute gastroenteritis; Astrovirus; Infants; Prevalence

PMID:
24624351
PMCID:
PMC3948828
DOI:
10.3343/alm.2014.34.2.145
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