Rotavirus infection in Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit

Hilda G. Hernández-Orozco, Guadalupe L. Aparicio-Santiago, Esperanza Lucas-Reséndiz, José Luis Castañeda-Narváez, Carlos López-Candiani, Virginia Díaz-Jiménez, Aurora Rosas-Ruiz, Ma. del Carmen Sandoval-Medina, Patricia Arzate-Barbosa, Wendy Domínguez-Viveros, Patrik Eliana Sarmiento-Wilches


Rotavirus acute gastroenteritis, continues to be one of the most common cause of morbidity in children younger than 2 years of age. However, it is not often to report outbreaks in neonatal intensive care units. The aim of this paper was to describe the epidemiological investigation of a Rotavirus outbreak, the viral transmission between infants and the control measures taken.
Materials and Methods: An outbrake study was performed in a neonatal intermediate care unit due to the presence of Rotavirus gastroenteritis cases.
Results: We identified 3 rotavirus gastroenteritis cases confirmed by direct antigen detection, the source could not be identified.
Discussion: We considered a transmission mechanism of propagated source because infected people excreted large number of viral particles and cause widespread environmental contamination. Conclusion: Quickly case identification and implemented implemen- tation of control measures prevent new cases and limits the spread of the outbreak.

Palabras clave

Outbreak; Rotavirus; Infants; Intermediate Care Unit; NICU

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