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Child Diarrhoea Due To Rotavirus:Quick Relief By Short Course Drug

by Medindia Content Team on June 14, 2006 at 3:27 PM
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Child Diarrhoea  Due To  Rotavirus:Quick Relief By Short Course Drug

Severe diarrhoea in children caused by rotavirus, which proves fatal for at least a million each year, can be relieved by a short course of a drug , researchers said yesterday.

Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhoea in children, and can spread through water, food or on contact with contaminated surfaces.

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The affected children belong mainly to the underdeveloped countries .

Nitazoxanide, which is sold as Alinia,by the U.S. company Romark Laboratories, cured diarrhoea in a little more than a day in young children with a severe form of the illness and had gained the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002.
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According to Jean-Francois Rossignol , of The Romark Institute for Medical Research in Tampa, Florida., the results are encouraging.

Effects of nitazoxanide administered twice a day for three days were compared with a placebo in 50 children with severe diarrhoea , at the Cairo University Children's Hospital, last summer. The drug cleared the illness by approximately 31 hours without ill effects. .Larger trials are to be conducted .

The results of the study have been published online by The Lancet and will also be presented at the 7th International Rotavirus Workshop in Lisbon, Portugal.

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