The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 69, Issue 5, pp 393–396 | Cite as

Rotavirus and enteric pathogens in infantile diarrhoea in Manipal, South India

  • Mamatha Ballal
  • P. G. Shivananda
Original Article


The etiology of Rotavirus in acute diarrhoeal illness in children 0–5 years of age, admitted to the pediatric wards of Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Manipal was studied over a period of 5 years. Rotavirus in the faeces detected by Latex agglutination test accounted for 19.56% of the diarrhoea with maximum incidence (65%) in the 7–12 months of age group. Bacterial aetiological agents continued to play a significant role (69.6%) in diarrhoeal diseases.Enteroaggregative E. coli was common in the age group between 25–36 months, Shigellosis in 37–60 months andSalmonella typhimurium enteritis in 7–12 months of age. The other pathogens isolated werevibrio cholerae (4.98%), species of aeromonas (15.92%), along with cryptosporidium (6.47%) and Candida albicans (3.98%). In a control group consisting of 100 children without history of diarrhoea, 2 were positive for rotavirus, 3 for cryptosporidium and 12 forEscherichia coli.

Key words

Rotavirus Enteroaggregative E coli Cryptosporidium Immunofluorescence Polymerase chain reaction Drug resistance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mamatha Ballal
    • 1
  • P. G. Shivananda
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyKasturba Medical CollegeKarnatakaIndia

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