Printer Friendly

Pets may cause your child's diarrhea.


Investigators at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have discovered that pestivirus, an organism commonly living in animals, may be the cause of gastroenteritis in children when no other pathogen (disease-causing organism) can be identified. Because the organism is difficult to identify microscopically, its relationship to human illness had not been previously considered.

The research team, led by Dr. Robert H. Yolken, professor of pediatrics at the Baltimore facility, studied children with gastroenteritis primarily in Whiteriver, Ariz., as well as children in the cities of Baltimore and Houston and the country of Bangladesh. (Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News, May 1989; 40:5.)
COPYRIGHT 1989 Benjamin Franklin Literary & Medical Society, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1989 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:pestivirus and gastroenteritis
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Jul 1, 1989
Previous Article:Over-the-counter painkillers and kidney disease: cause for concern.
Next Article:High-fiber grains: another cancer killer?

Related Articles
Infant diarrhea in research spotlight.
Ptomaine pterrors.
A gastroenteritis illness outbreak associated with swimming in campground lake.
Epidemiologic studies of Cyclospora cayetanensis in Guatemala.
Are noroviruses emerging?
Caliciviruses and foodborne gastroenteritis, Chile.
Gastroenteritis outbreak in British troops, Iraq.
Molecular Characterization of rotavirus gastroenteritis strains, Iraqi Kurdistan.
Human bocavirus infection in children with gastroenteritis, Brazil.
Systematic literature review of role of noroviruses in sporadic gastroenteritis.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters