สถาบันวิจัยวิทยาศาสตร์สาธารณสุข

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH OF THAILAND

First Report from the Asian Rotavirus Surveillance Network

Authors : Joseph Bresee*, Zhao-Yin Fang**, Bei Wang***, E.A.S. Nelson****, John Tam****, Yati Soenarto*****, Siswanto Agus Wilopo*****, Paul Kilgore******, Jung Soo Kim*******, Jung Oak Kang********, Wong Swee Lan*********, Chan Lee Gaik**********, Kyaw Moe***********, Kow-Tong Chen************, Chuleeporn Jiraphongsa*************, Yaowapa Pongsuwanna*************, Nguyen Van Man**************, Phan Van Tu***************, Le Thi Luan**************, Erik Hummelman*, Jon R. Gentsch*, Roger Glass*, and the member of the Asian Rotavirus Surveillance Network

 

Affiliation:      * Center for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
** Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, People’s Republic of China
*** Southeast University, PRC
**** Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
***** Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
****** International Vaccine Institute, Korea
******* Chonbuk National University Medical School, Korea
******** Hanyang University School of Medicine, Korea
********* Institute of Pediatrics, Malaysia
********** Kuching Hospital, Malaysia
*********** Ministry of Health, Myanmar
************ Department of Health, Taiwan
************* Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
************** Poliomyelitis Vaccine Research and Production Center, Vietnam
*************** Pasteur Institute, Vietnam
 
Source:         Emerging Infectious Diseases 2004; 10(6): 988-995
 
Language:     English
 
Abstract:
 
Rotavirus remains the most common cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea among children worldwide. Several rotavirus vaccines are under development. Decisions about new vaccine introduction will require reliable data on disease impact. The Asian Rotavirus Surveillance Network, begun in 2000 to facilitate collection of these data, is a regional collaboration of 36 hospitals in 9 countries or areas that conduct surveillance for rotavirus hospitalizations using a uniform World Health Organization protocol. We summarize the Network’s organization and experience from August 2001 through July 2002. During this period, 45% of acute diarrheal hospitalizations among children 0-5 years were attributation to rotavirus, higher than previous estimates. Rotavirus was detected in all sites year-round. This network is a novel, regional approach to surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases. Such a network should provide increased visibility and advocacy, enable more efficient data collection, facilitate training, and serve as the paradigm for rotavirus surveillance activities in other regions.