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Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition:
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000215
Original Articles: Gastroenterology

Presence of Human Enteric Viruses in the Stools of Healthy Malawian 6-Month-Old Infants

Rodríguez-Díaz, Jesús*,†; Mira-Pascual, Laia*,†; Collado, Maria Carmen*,†; Endo, Akihito*; Hyöty, Heikki; Mangani, Charles§; Maleta, Kenneth§; Ashorn, Per||; Salminen, Seppo*

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: The acquisition of intestinal microbiota is essential for infants who are also in close contact with intestinal viruses. We assayed the presence of human enteric viruses in the faeces of 44 healthy breast-fed 6-month-old infants from rural Malawi. Half of the infants tested harboured enteroviruses, although the infants had no gastric symptoms, suggesting a viral community mainly composed of human asymptomatic enteroviruses.

© 2014 by European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology,

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