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NIAID scientists were the first to identify human rotavirus in the United States and began what would be a decades-long effort to develop a vaccine. Read more about it.
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea in children. Each year, an estimated 527,000 children die from diarrhea caused by rotavirus, and another 2 million are hospitalized. NIAID supports a broad range of research to better understand, treat and ultimately prevent this serious global health problem.
Statement: Results of the ROTAVAC Rotavirus Vaccine Study in India—May 14, 2013
Vaccines for Viral Infections in Developing Countries—July 27–28, 2006
Sabin Gold Medal Awarded to Vaccine Developer Dr. Albert Z. Kapikian—May 12, 2005
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