Astrovirus Gastroenteritis in Children Younger than 5 Years in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) : Prevalence and Risks Factors Influencing Severity

Zakaria Gamsonré, Cyrille Bisseye, Léon W. Nitiema, Birama Diarra, Théodora M. Zohoncon, Issoufou Tao, Tegwindé Rebeca Compaoré, Florencia W. Djigma, Djénéba Ouermi, Johan Nordgren, Virginio Pietra, Jacques Simporé
nternational Journal of TROPICAL DISEASE
& Health
40(1) : 1-10, 2019 ; Article no.IJTDH.53415
ISSN : 2278–1005, NLM ID : 101632866


Aims : The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of astrovirus infections and associated risks factors.

Methods : A prospective study was undertaken from May 2009 to March 2010, covering the rainy and dry seasons, at the Saint Camille Medical Center in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. A total of 213 non hospitalized children less than 5 years of age with diarrhea were enrolled and examined for astrovirus, others enteropathogens, and clinico-epidemiological aspects.

Results : Astroviruses prevalence among the enrolled children was 14.6%. Astrovirus infections were common during the cold dry season from December to February (38.7%), during the rainy season from June to September (54.8%), also during dry season in March (3.2%) and May (3.2%). Children younger than 11 months of age were most affected by astroviruses (16%). Moderate and severe malnutrition influenced more severe symptoms of astrovirus related diarrheas.

Conclusion : The present study shows that astroviruses have an important role in pediatric viral-associated diarrhea in Burkina Faso. Diarrhea is more severe in malnourished children.

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