The Open Microbiology Journal

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Molecular Study of Norovirus in Pediatric Patients with Gastroenteritis

Maysaa El Sayed Zaki1, *, Abdel-Rahaman Eid2, Amany Y. El Ashry1, Nashwa M. Al-Kasaby3
1 Clinical Pathology Department, Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
2 Genetic Unit-Pediatric Department, Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
3 Medical Microbiology and Immunology Department, Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Immunology Department, Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura, Egypt Mansoura, Egypt



The aim of the present study was to detect the prevalence of norovirus and genotypes determination by real-time PCR among children below 18 years as an etiology of acute gastroenteritis and to compare rapid detection of norovirus by Enzyme-Linked Immunoassay (ELISA) to virus detection by real-time PCR.


The research was a cross-sectional study conducted on children below 18 years complaining of community-acquired acute gastroenteritis. A stool sample was subjected to direct-antigen detection by ELISA for norovirus and molecular study by real-time polymerase chain reaction.


The study included 200 children with acute gastroenteritis with a mean age of 6.7±3.8 years. Norovirus antigen was detected by EIA in 34.5% and by real-time PCR in 30.5% of studied children with genotype GII, the predominant detected genotype (80.97%). Both real-time PCR and antigen detection of norovirus were positive in 43 (70.5%) of the children and negative in 113(81.3%) of the studied children. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value and accuracy for antigen detection by ELISA were 70.5%, 81.3%, 62.3%, 86.3% and 78%, respectively. Comparison between patients positive for norovirus and those negative for norovirus by real-time PCR revealed non-significant difference as regards age, sex, the season of occurrence and residence.


The present study highlights that norovirus prevalence is common among pediatric patients with gastroenteritis above 5 years with GII genotype as the prevalent genotype. There was a significant correlation between positive and negative results of antigen detection of norovirus by ELISA and detection of RNA of norovirus by real-time PCR in stool samples. However, the screening for norovirus by ELISA has limited sensitivity and needs to be associated with a molecular method for accurate diagnosis of sporadic cases of gastroenteritis.

Keywords: Norovirus, ELISA, Gastroenteritis, Children, Real-time PCR, GII genotype.

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Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2019
Volume: 13
First Page: 324
Last Page: 329
Publisher Id: TOMICROJ-13-324
DOI: 10.2174/1874285801913010324

Article History:

Received Date: 11/09/2019
Revision Received Date: 18/10/2019
Acceptance Date: 20/10/2019
Electronic publication date: 31/12/2019
Collection year: 2019

© 2019 El Sayed Zaki et al.

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* Address correspondence to this author at Clinical Pathology Department, Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt;

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