Volume 100, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Rotavirus has been one of the major etiological agents causing severe diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide. In Thailand, rotavirus contributes to one-third of reported pediatric diarrheal cases. We studied stool samples from 1,709 children with acute gastroenteritis and 1,761 children with no reported gastroenteritis whose age ranged from 3 months to 5 years from four different regions in Thailand between March 2008 and August 2010. The samples were tested for the presence of rotavirus by real-time reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) amplification of gene and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The positive samples were further characterized for their G and P genotypes ( and genes) by conventional RT-PCR. From all four regions, 26.8% of cases and 1.6% of controls were positive for rotavirus, and G1P[8] was the most predominant genotype, followed by G2P[4], G3P[8], and G9P[8]. In addition, the uncommon genotypes including G1P[4], G1P[6], G2P[6], G2P[8], G4P[6], G9P[4], G9P[6], G12P[6], and G12P[8] were also detected at approximately 14% of all samples tested. Interestingly, G5P[19], a recombinant genotype between human and animal strains, and G1P7[5], a reassortant vaccine strain which is closely related to four human-bovine reassortant strains of RotaTeq vaccine, were detected in control samples. Data reported in this study will provide additional information on molecular epidemiology of rotavirus infection in Thailand before the impending national implementation of rotavirus vaccination program.


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  • Received : 19 Sep 2018
  • Accepted : 17 Jan 2019
  • Published online : 25 Mar 2019

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