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Are rotavirus infections generally deadly in the united states?

Are rotavirus infections generally deadly in the united states?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Are rotavirus infections generally deadly in third world countries?

Are rotavirus infections generally deadly in third world countries?

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. ...Read more

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Are rotavirus infections highly contagious?

Are rotavirus infections highly contagious?

Yes: Yes, they are highly contagious, and are spread via the fecal to oral route. That can happen if a child doesn't wash their hands after using the bathroom, and then tough their mouth. Touching a contaminated area, and then touching the mouth can also cause infection. Rotavirus can live for hours on human hands, and days on dry hard surfaces, so washing hands is key to prevent transmission. ...Read more

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Is a rotavirus infection dangerous for the elderly?

It can be: But rotavirus is seen mostly in the young as many people are immune to the different rotaviruses by adulthood. ...Read more

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I have diabetes, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

I have diabetes, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

Yes.: Any infection can cause uncontrolled sugar swings. If you use a glucometer to check your sugars, you might want to be extra vigilant when you are ill. Also, be wary of dehydration with rotavirus, which can be compounded if your diabetes was not under control (a high blood sugar will cause you to urinate more). Good luck and have a low threshold for getting checked out by your physician! ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

Probably not: Rotavirus commonly affects young children rather than adults & causes watery diarrhea that usually goes away on its own in a few days.You may be able to get rotavirus if you are taking meds for crohns (they suppress your immune system & make it harder to fight off infections). It should not cause any long term complications. Drink plenty of fluids with electrolytes (ex gatorade) & see dr if needed. ...Read more

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Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Generally not: Similar to other viruses which infect the GI tract, but the nausea, vomiting, fever and respiratory symptoms may be slightly worse. Children will be lethargic, not have much appetite, and may develop low grade liver inflammation. Serious complications are almost entirely related to dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes, and acidosis. Often lasts 8-10 days and rarely requires hospitalization. ...Read more

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How deadly is rotavirus in a 2 month old?

Depends: It is one of the most common reasons for hospitalization due to dehydration for infants.Worldwide,it causes significant mortality in young infants.When there is early recognition and proper care, it usually passes without significant long term effect. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Rotavirus Infection (Definition)

Rotavirus infection is an extremely common viral ...Read more