Updated on 11 April 2014
Over 52 percent of the isolated strains of the virus were found to be preventable by introducing two currently licensed rotavirus vaccines.
Thirty nine children below two years were identified with confirmed intussusceptions - two of the children died.
Most of the children with intussusception were between 6 and 11 months of age (62 percent) and most were male (77 percent).
Based on the HIBRIS findings, Dr Emily Gurley, acting director, CCD and principal investigator of the surveillance project, urged the government to prioritize the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in the national Expanded Program for Immunization.
The findings were shared at a seminar organised by icddr,b with IEDCR on 6th March.
At the seminar, the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Mr M Neazuddin emphasized the importance of collaboration with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) saying that, "It is the government and NGO collaborative actions that have led to different successes in our health sector and has aided in disseminating knowledge of diseases such as those caused by rotavirus."