Rotavirus gastroenteritis

Rotavirus gastroenteritis is caused by rotavirus that infects the stomach and bowel. Rotavirus gastroenteritis is common in infants and young children. Children under five years of age, especially those between 6 months and two years are most vulnerable to the disease.

Information resources

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Recent publications

Eastern Mediterranean Rotavirus Gastroenteritis Surveillance Network (EMRSN): Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), 2011. [Draft Document - pdf 382 Kb]

Manual of Rotavirus Detection and Characterization Methods, October 2009. [pdf 3.8 Mb]

Generic protocols for monitoring impact of rotavirus vaccination on gastroenteritis disease burden and viral strains,  January 2009. [pdf 1.18 Mb]

Policy documents

WHO position paper on rotavirus vaccines

Immunological basis for the rotavirus vaccines

WHO prequalified rotavirus vaccines


Integrated diarrheal disease control

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization

New and under-utilized vaccines implementation