Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Rotaviruses, enterotoxigenic , and parasites were investigated in outpatient diarrheic children, and in hospitalized diarrheic and nondiarrheic children, between January 1976 and June 1979. In outpatient cases studied within 4 days of onset of symptoms, rotaviruses were the most common agents (45.3%); heat-stable enterotoxin ranked second (13.4%); was third (8.1%); was fourth (7.3%). In 63.2%, one or more enteric agents were detected. In hospitalized non-diarrheic children, asymptomatic shedding of pathogens was rarely observed. A later survey of outpatient diarrheic children revealed in 8%. In 5.5 years of observation rotaviruses were endemic with excess frequency in the dry and cooler months of December and January. The excess occurrence of bacterial pathogens did not coincide with that of rotaviruses.


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