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Are rotavirus infections generally deadly in the united states?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Risk of dehydration: The risk from rotavirus comes from the effects of the virus, which is diarrhea. A rotavirus induced diarrhea can cause dehydration to the point of needing hospitalization for rehydration. Failure to treat this can lead to such severe dehydration that it can cause death.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
No, not at all: Issue remains keeping at risk infants adequately hydrated.

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Are rotavirus infections generally deadly in third world countries?

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Dr. Yoshi Rahm
Family Medicine 13 years experience
Yes. They can be.: Rotavirus causes around 500, 000 deaths annually in kids under the age of 5, almost all of which occur in 3rd world countries. It is spread by fecal oral route and causes copious diarrhea and vomiting which then causes severe dehydration and even death secondary to this dehydration. Clean water an sanitary conditions would prevent most deaths.
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
In this country, we have a vaccine for rotavirus, which is given to infants as a series of 3 doses, at 2 months, 4 months and 6 months.
Dec 11, 2014

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