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Is rotavirus a kind of airborne virus?

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Dr. Amanda Xi
Dr. Amanda Xianswered
General Practice 6 years experience
Not likely: Rotavirus is though to spread via the fecal-oral route, so infection occurs in areas of poor sanitation. Good hand washing helps to prevent spread of viruses such as rotavirus.
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No: The rotavirus enters the body through the mouth and then infects the lining of the intestines. Rotavirus is very contagious, spreading easily from children who are already infected to other children and sometimes adults. Large amounts of rotavirus are shed in the stool of infected persons and the virus can be easily spread via contaminated hands and objects, such as toys. It is a very stable virus

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