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Research suggests link between rotavirus infection, type 1 diabetes

Australian researchers found a 15% drop in type 1 diabetes incidence among children younger than age 4 after the introduction of the rotavirus vaccination in the country, with one study showing a 41% decline in diabetes incidence among children who received full vaccination against rotavirus infection. The findings in the journal PLOS Pathogens noted that the rotavirus mimics islet autoantibodies, leading researchers to propose that the onset of type 1 diabetes could be triggered by the virus.

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