Sudden infant death syndrome associated with rotavirus infection

Robert Yolkend, Mary Murphy

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Rotavirus was detected in the stools of five children stricken with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) over a three‐week period. While none of the children had acute gastroenteritis, four of the five had acute upper respiratory infections. Rotavirus was also identified in tracheal aspirates from two of the infants. Extensive investigations failed to reveal the presence of any other viruses or toxins in specimens obtained from the five children with SIDS. Rotavirus was not found in the stool specimens obtained from a control group of 36 infants including six who died of causes other than SIDS. Future attempts at the prevention of rotavirus infections should be directed at populations susceptible to sudden infant death syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-296
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Medical Virology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1982


  • enzyme immunoassays
  • rotavirus
  • sudden infant death syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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