INFANTILE GASTROENTERITIS ASSOCIATED WITH EXCRETION OF PESTIVIRUS ANTIGENS

Robert Yolken, Flora Leister, Janae Almeido-Hill, Edward Dubovi, Ray Reid, Mathuram Santosham

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Abstract

Faeces from children under 2 years old who had gastroenteritis that could not be attributed to recognised enteric pathogens were examined with a monoclonal-antibody-based immunoassay for Pestivirus antigens. Such antigens were detected in 30 of 128 episodes of gastroenteritis. Children without diarrhoeal disease and children infected with rotaviruses had little evidence of Pestivirus infection (faeces positive in 1 of 28 and 1 of 31, respectively). The diarrhoeal disease in children excreting Pestivirus antigens resembled that in other children except that it was more commonly associated with signs and symptoms of respiratory inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-520
Number of pages4
JournalThe Lancet
Volume333
Issue number8637
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 11 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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