Journal of Infectious Diseases
Rotaviruses were discovered in the 1960s in animals and in the 1970s in humans; the latter discovery was made by an intrepid group who performed duodenal biopsies on children with acute gastroenteritis (AGE) . By the late 1970s, data already clearly indicated that rotavirus was the cause of the annual winter peak of AGE affecting young children, as well as a frequent cause of severe gastroenteritis in various animal species (e.g., [2–5]). Use of the retrospectroscope clarified or left as tantalizing the suggestion that rotaviruses were the cause of the annual “winter vomiting syndrome” first described in children in 1910 in Japan  and in 1929 in the United States . The recognition of that winter peak was a result of improved water and sewage handling that markedly reduced exposure to bacterial and parasitic pathogens but not to the common viral pathogens.
Original Publication Citation
Matson, D. O. (2007). On a multinational assessment of rotavirus disease in Europe. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 195, S1-S3. doi:10.1086/516841
Matson, David O., "On a Multinational Assessment of Rotavirus Disease in Europe" (2007). Community & Environmental Health Faculty Publications. 50.