Mexico City, Mexico

7 - 9 July 2004
The 6th International Rotavirus Symposium brought together 420 participants from the Latin American region to discuss the latest advances of Rotavirus vaccines. At the time of the conference, held in Mexico City on July 7-9, 2004, two rotavirus vaccines had recently become available.
The symposium marked a watershed in the decades-long effort to bring such vaccines into use. For the first time, scientists, policy makers, economists, public health experts and the donor community together tackled the scientific, social, and economic issues that must be resolved for rotavirus vaccines to become widely accessible to the children who need them most—those living in developing nations.

Mexico Health Minister Calls Rotavirus 'Major Public Health Priority'

July 7, 2004
Rotavirus "is a major, major public health priority" for Mexico and for the Americas, Mexican Health Minister Dr. Julio Frenk said today at the opening of a global symposium on rotavirus, where health experts will spend three days discussing the latest information about the deadly disease. Dr. Frenk told some 400 people attending the meeting that deaths from diarrheal disease "have dropped dramatically" in Mexico, since strong measures were taken to control it after the cholera epidemic that struck the Americas in 1991. Read more

Cases of Rotavirus Higher than Previously Thought

July 7, 2004
Cases of rotavirus worldwide are higher than previously thought, according to studies by Dr. Umesh Parashar of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presented at a global symposium on rotavirus here today. There are now over 608,000 deaths annually from rotavirus, Parashar said. His previous estimates showed around 440,000 deaths. Total deaths from all diarrheas are 1.56 million worldwide, with 39 percent of those now attributable to rotavirus, instead of the previous estimate of 22 percent, he said. Read more

Immunization can drive economic growth, Harvard expert says

July 7, 2004
Immunization programs can be highly effective tools for promoting economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries, according to Dr. David Bloom of the Harvard School of Public Health. Bloom's remarks at the Sixth International Rotavirus Symposium here underscored the potential benefit of upcoming new vaccines against rotavirus, a disease that kills 608,000 children every year, representing 39 percent of the 1.56 million deaths from all diarrhea worldwide. Read more


Event Date: 
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 to Friday, July 9, 2004