AUSTRALIAN ROTAVIRUS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORT, 2015
Susie Roczo-Farkas, Carl D Kirkwood, Julie E Bines
Communicable Diseases Intelligence | AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT, DEPT HEALTH & AGEING | Published : 2016
The Australian Rotavirus Surveillance Program, together with collaborating laboratories Australia-wide, reports the rotavirus genotypes responsible for the hospitalisation of children with acute gastroenteritis during the period 1 January to 31 December 2015. During the survey period, 1,383 faecal samples were referred for rotavirus G and P genotype analysis, and of these, 1,031 were confirmed as rotavirus positive. A total of 634 specimens had been collected from children under 5 years of age, while 397 were from older children and adults. Genotype analysis of samples from both children and adults revealed that G12P was the dominant genotype in this reporting period, identified in 48.2% ..View full abstract
The Rotavirus Surveillance Program is supported by grants from the Australian Government Department of Health, GlaxoSmithKline and CSL. Dr CD Kirkwood is supported by a NHMRC senior research fellowship. The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support program.