Authored by: Helen O′Shea , P.J. Collins , Lynda Gunn , Barbara A. Blacklaws , John McKillen , Miren Iturriza Gomara

Molecular Detection of Animal Viral Pathogens

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498700368
eBook ISBN: 9781498700375
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First identified in 1973 by electron microscopy in epithelial cells of duodenal mucosal samples from children, rotaviruses (RVs) were soon recognized as a major cause of gastroenteritis in the young of many animal species, including humans. 1-3 In humans, RV-associated disease typically occurs in children less than 5 years of age, but RV can infect all ages, including adults 4,5 ; in 2008, an estimated 453,000 deaths worldwide were attributed to RV infection, with most deaths occurring in resource-poor countries.6

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