Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Estimated rotavirus deaths for children under 5 years of age: 2008, 453 000

As of January 2012, the World Health Organization estimates that globally 453 000
(420 000 - 494 000) child deaths occurred during 2008 due to rotavirus infection

453 000 global child rotavirus deaths, 2008

National estimates of rotavirus attributable deaths among children under five years of age ranged from 98 621 (India) to fewer than 5 deaths (74 countries). Twenty-two percent of all rotavirus deaths under five years of age occured in India. Five countries (India, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Pakistan) accounted for more than half of all rota deaths under age five in 2008

Rotavirus deaths under five years of age per 100 000 population <5 years of age, 2008

Globally these 453 000 child rotavirus deaths accounted for approximately 5% of all child deaths and the cause-specific mortality rate (rotavirus deaths under age five per 100 000 population under age five) was 86. National cause-specific mortality rates ranged from 474 (Afghanistan) to less than 1 (63 countries). Four countries - Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad and Somalia had an under five rotavirus mortality rate of greater than 300

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