Rotavirus infection affects the digestive tract and is the most
common cause of vomiting and severe diarrhea in babies and young children.
Other symptoms include fever and stomach pain.
when a child has oral contact with stool (feces) containing the virus. The
infection can also spread if a child touches a surface with rotavirus germs on
it and then touches his or her mouth.
A rotavirus infection in
babies or young children tends to last for about 3 to 8
days. The infection usually goes away on its own. Sometimes rotavirus
infection can lead to severe loss of body fluids (dehydration), which can be
life-threatening. Preventing dehydration is an important part of treatment for
Rotavirus immunization is recommended for
all babies. It helps protect against rotavirus infection.
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
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