Volume 74, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


A longitudinal study of the incidence of enteritis in Barbados was undertaken from January 2000 to August 2003. Diarrheal stools received by the central public health laboratory were cultured for . The number of reported cases exceeded those of but were less than those of , and increased steadily with each year. Isolates from stools were mainly (63.6%) and (31.8%). The highest isolation rate was found in children 1–4 years of age (40.8%), followed by infants less than 1 year of age (16.9%) and those 5–9 years of age (11.3%). The number of reported cases was higher in March, from June to August, and in November and December. There was no correlation between incidence and either rainfall, temperature, or humidity. Further epidemiologic investigation of this disease is needed to evaluate risk factors for infection and determine routes of transmission in Barbados.


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  • Received : 12 Apr 2005
  • Accepted : 19 Nov 2005

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