New viral gastrointestinal agents associated with paediatrics illness

  • Sara Giordana Rimoldi |
  • Rosaria Bartolone
  • Nunzia Calvagna
  • Dario Dilillo
  • Maria Rita Gismondo
  • Alessandra Lombardi
  • Nadia Zanchetta
  • Gian Vincenzo Zuccotti


Objective Aim of our study was investigate the presence of enteric viruses like Norovirus, Bocavirus and Rotavirus in hospitalized children belong to Paediatrics Clinics of L. Sacco Hospital. Material and methods 150 faecal samples were investigated from January 2008- 2009, by PCR real time for Norovirus and Bocavirus; Rotavirus was detected by enzyme immunoassay. Results We obtain a positive result on total samples in percentage of 36%: Rotaviruses are estimated to cause more than 20% of gastroenteritis cases; Noroviruses 7.3% cases; Bocaviruses 6.6% cases. Rotaviruses infections occurred in children 1-4 years of age and for 2 cases at 7 and 13 years old. Illness typically happened in the cooler months from January to March even if there were few positive cases in September/October. Noroviruses and Bocaviruses infections occurred in children 1-2 years of age and their seasonality were respectively from September to December and from January to March for Bocaviruses. Conclusions The present results point out the importance to detect new viral gastrointestinal agents associated with paediatric illness.



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Noroviruses, Bocaviruses, gastroenteritis
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Rimoldi, S., Bartolone, R., Calvagna, N., Dilillo, D., Gismondo, M. R., Lombardi, A., Zanchetta, N., & Zuccotti, G. V. (2009). New viral gastrointestinal agents associated with paediatrics illness. Microbiologia Medica, 24(2).

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