Research Article

Spread of rotavirus within families: a community based study.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: (Published 27 August 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:575
  1. K Grimwood,
  2. G D Abbott,
  3. D M Fergusson,
  4. L C Jennings,
  5. J M Allan


    The spread of rotavirus infection was studied over four weeks in a sample of 28 families exposed to a child with rotavirus infection. The results showed a high incidence of intrafamilial infection, with 46% of members of these families developing rotavirus infections compared with none in another series of 18 families. Children in the families with an index case were more frequently affected than adults: 75% of the children developed rotavirus infection but only 33% of the adults. Children tended to suffer the infection in a more severe form. Intrafamily contact is clearly important in transmitting rotavirus infection, and preventive measures should aim at reducing the likelihood of such cross infection.