The rotavirus experience in Mexico: Discovery to control

Manish M. Patel, Umesh D. Parashar, Mathuram Santosham, Vesta Richardson

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The recent introduction of a rotavirus vaccine program in Mexico to control rotavirus disease, a common killer of children worldwide, has dramatically reduced the number of Mexican children dying and being hospitalized because of diarrhea. The successful introduction of a rotavirus vaccine program was preceded by several decades of focused research efforts to document the burden of disease and to generate the knowledge base to develop and deploy a vaccine. The postlicensure experience from Mexico demonstrates that evaluating the impact and safety of the vaccination program is vitally necessary for sustaining it. All in all, the immensely successful Mexico experience with control of rotavirus disease, if copied, could yield tremendously favorable results for children and parents worldwide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)548-551
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 2013


  • diarrhea
  • mortality
  • rotavirus
  • vaccines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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