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Experts Convene to Address Major Cause of Childhood Illness and Death

September 21, 2012

10th International Rotavirus Symposium Kicks Off in Bangkok

BANGKOK, Thailand – September 21, 2012 – This week, more than 350 leading scientific, public and private sector experts convened to discuss progress and next steps in reducing the global incidence of rotavirus, the most common cause of diarrheal hospitalizations and deaths among children worldwide. Rotavirus takes the lives of approximately 188,000 Asian children under five each year.

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Rotavirus Advocacy Activities

Each year, rotavirus kills nearly half a million children and hospitalizes millions more.  Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrheal hospitalizations and deaths among children worldwide.  Development of a rotavirus vaccine has been a global health priority for many years, and with two vaccines currently on the market and several more under development, the promise of prevention is now becoming reality in several parts of the world.

Today, the Rwandan Ministry of Health announced that they will introduce a new rotavirus vaccine nationwide.

Today Ghana is doing something that no other country in Africa has ever done.

In developing countries, over half a million children die from rotavirus every year and two million more are severely sickened or hospitalized, making rotavirus the leading cause of diarrhea deaths and illness worldwide.

Tomorrow over 200 million people in over 100 countries will celebrate Global Handwashing Day.

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