Importance and challenges of accurately counting rotavirus deaths in China, 2002

Eileen L Yee, Zhao-Yin Fang, Na Liu, Stephen C Hadler, Xiaofeng Liang, Huaqing Wang, Xu Zhu, Baoming Jiang, Umesh Parashar, Marc-Alain Widdowson, Roger I Glass

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Rotavirus mortality is an important component of the total burden of rotavirus disease for children under 5 years old, but accurate estimation is difficult for many developing countries. Here we applied a more direct method to improve estimates of rotavirus mortality in China using 2002 Chinese-specific data. Results indicate that in 2002, approximately 13,400 children under 5 years old in China died from rotavirus and 70% of these deaths occur in rural areas. Thus, a national rotavirus immunization program targeting rural areas with high mortality from diarrhoea could dramatically reduce these deaths and urban areas could reduce childhood hospitalizations attributed to rotavirus by 43%.

Original languageEnglish
Volume27 Suppl 5
Pages (from-to)F46-9
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Child, Preschool
  • China/epidemiology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Cost of Illness
  • Diarrhea/epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Rotavirus Infections/epidemiology
  • Rotavirus Vaccines/administration & dosage
  • Rural Population
  • Sentinel Surveillance


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