Rotaviruses in Venezuelan Children with Gastroenteritis

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  • Centro de Microbiologia y Biologia Celular, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, Hospital Vargas, Instituto Nacional de Higiene, Apartado 1827, Caracas, Venezuela
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Rotaviruses were identified by electron microscopy in 19 of 26 (73%) Venezuelan children with gastroenteritis. Noncultivable adenoviruses and small (29–30 nm), spherical viruses were also observed in a few cases. Bacterial pathogens were isolated from five children (19%), all of whom were also carrying rotaviruses.