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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e318287fc81
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Incidence and Characteristics of Sporadic Norovirus Gastroenteritis Associated with Hospitalization of Children Less Than 5 Years of Age in Israel

Muhsen, Khitam PhD*†; Kassem, Eias MD; Rubinstein, Uri MD§; Schachter, Yaakov MD§; Kremer, Adi MD; Goren, Sophy BSc*; Zilberstein, Ilana MSc; Ephros, Moshe MD‖ **; Cohen, Dani PhD*; Shulman, Lester M. PhD

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Abstract

The incidence of sporadic GII norovirus gastroenteritis associated with hospitalization was examined among 515 children aged <5 years in a prospective study in Israel. Using real-time polymerase chain reaction, norovirus was detected in stools of 89 (17.3%) children, yielding an estimated incidence of 3.3 per 1000 children. Genotypes GII.3 (40.4%) and GII.4a (21.3%) predominated, though year-to-year variation was observed.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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