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Is a rotavirus infection dangerous for the elderly?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Sometimes: Rotavirus is a cause of gastroenteritis, (stomach flu). It can produce protracted diarrhea that may cause severe dehydration if not treated this can even cause life threatening problems, like kidney failure. In most cases with proper and simple treatment, especially fluids this can be avoided. People most at risk would be the especially frail, such as nursing home residents.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
It can be: But rotavirus is seen mostly in the young as many people are immune to the different rotaviruses by adulthood.

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