Small spherical viruses in faeces from gastroenteritis patients

Acta Pathol Microbiol Scand B. 1977 Oct;85B(5):351-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1699-0463.1977.tb01988.x.


Faecal samples from 238 patients with gastroenteritis were examined by direct electron microscopy using grids with thin carbon film. Of these samples 18 were found to contain Norwalk agent-like particles, calicivirus, astrovirus and parvovirus-like particles. Immune electron microscopy was performed on a serum pair and faeces from one of the patients with astrovirus. An antibody response was demonstrated, suggesting that the virus was the etiological agent of the infection.

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Viral / analysis
  • Child
  • Feces / microbiology*
  • Gastroenteritis / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Parvoviridae / immunology
  • Parvoviridae / isolation & purification
  • Parvoviridae / ultrastructure
  • Viruses* / immunology
  • Viruses* / isolation & purification
  • Viruses* / ultrastructure


  • Antibodies, Viral