Rotavirus Infections

Rotavirus is a virus that causes gastroenteritis. Symptoms include severe diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and dehydration. Almost all children in the U.S. are likely to be infected with rotavirus before their 5th birthday.

Infections happen most often in the winter and spring. It is very easy for children with the virus to spread it to other children and sometimes to adults. Once a child gets the virus, it takes about two days to become sick. Vomiting and diarrhea may last from three to eight days.

There is no medicine to treat it. To prevent dehydration, have your child drink plenty of liquids. Your health care provider may recommend oral rehydration drinks. Some children need to go to the hospital for IV fluids. Two vaccines against rotavirus infections are available.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Symptoms of Rotavirus Infections

The following features are indicative of Rotavirus Infections:
  • fever
  • vomiting
  • watery diarrhea
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
It is possible that Rotavirus Infections shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Rotavirus Infections

The following are the most common causes of Rotavirus Infections:
  • Rotavirus A
  • Rotavirus B
  • Rotavirus C
  • Rotavirus D
  • Rotavirus E
  • Rotavirus F

Other Causes of Rotavirus Infections

The following are the less common causes of Rotavirus Infections:
  • Rotavirus G
  • Rotavirus H

Risk Factors for Rotavirus Infections

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Rotavirus Infections:
  • winter season
  • spring season
  • child care settings

Prevention of Rotavirus Infections

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Rotavirus Infections. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • rotateq vaccine
  • rotarix vaccine
  • wash hands thoroughly

Occurrence of Rotavirus Infections

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Rotavirus Infections cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Rotavirus Infections most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 1-5 years

Common Gender

Rotavirus Infections can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Rotavirus Infections

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Rotavirus Infections:
  • Stool sample test: To diagnose rotaviral infection

Doctor for Diagnosis of Rotavirus Infections

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Rotavirus Infections:
  • Infectious disease specialist

Complications of Rotavirus Infections if untreated

Yes, Rotavirus Infections causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Rotavirus Infections is left untreated:
  • dehydration
  • can be fatal

Self-care for Rotavirus Infections

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Rotavirus Infections:
  • Use oral rehydration fluid: Helps by providing relief
  • Take rest: Helps by providing relief
  • Avoid dairy products: Prevents symptoms from worsening

Time for Treatment of Rotavirus Infections

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Rotavirus Infections to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 week

Is Rotavirus Infections Infectious?

Yes, Rotavirus Infections is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • fecal route
  • oral route

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Rotavirus Infections.

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