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What are the symptoms that your child has the flu and not the rotavirus or norovirus?

What are the symptoms that your child has the flu and not the rotavirus or norovirus?

Several: Rotavirus and norovirus infections are generally limited to the GI tract. Although influenza may also produce GI symptoms, the upper and occasionally lower respiratory tract symptoms, degree of fever, generalized muscle aches and degree of malaise are far more than one could reasonably expect from the first two viruses. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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How do doctors determine if it's rotavirus or norovirus?

How do doctors determine if it's rotavirus or norovirus?

Doesn't matter: Although virologists can distinguish these, clinically it doesn't matter which a person has. Both are highly contagious, diarrheal organisms that are typically nonlethal but can put vulnerable patients, esp the very young and very old, at risk. Both are treated supportively with hydration, and prevention of spread is key. ...Read more

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Can adults get the rotavirus or stomach flu?

Can adults get the rotavirus or stomach flu?

Yes: As an adult, you have more than likely been infected with the virus as a child and have some degree of immunity. Should you contract the infection, your symptoms will be less severe than a child contracting the infection for the first time. ...Read more

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If my child had rotavirus is he immune from noravirus?

No: These are different viruses with different genetic makeup. The immunity gained from rotovirus is protective for furtur rotovirus exposure, not other GI viruses. ...Read more

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Any ideas on the difference between norovirus and rota-virus?

Any ideas on the difference between norovirus and rota-virus?

Different viruses: Both affect the gastrointestinal tract. Norovirus causes mostly vomiting and rotavirus mostly diarrhea ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if the oral rotavirus is given to a child by injection?

Could you tell me what happens if the oral rotavirus is given to a child by injection?

Dangerous: This vaccine is meant to be given by mouth, it is a live vaccine and if you given by injection the virus can reach the blood in high numbers and cause many problems. ...Read more

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At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about rotavirus infection. Is that ok?

At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about rotavirus infection.  Is that ok?

Let your doctor know: It is always good policy to, and most physicians welcome when you, express medical concerns. Never hesitate to communicate with your doctor--he needs to hear from you. The two most important pieces of information upon which a physician bases his diagnosis and treatment plan is 1) patient history and 2) physical exam. Thanks in advance for helping us help you, so call or e-mail him/her soon. ...Read more

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If my baby got sick after her first rotavirus vaccination, should I tell the doctor not to give her the next one?

If my baby got sick after her first rotavirus vaccination, should I tell the doctor not to give her the next one?

Yes: I would still recommend receiving the rest of the series however. Remember that rotavirus is the number 1 reason for hospitalization for children in this country. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can I eat while suffering from norovirus?

Do not eat: Make sure you have enough to drink, since the main risk is for dehydration. If you do not feel like eating, do not eat. Once your appetite is back, start easy with a bland diet and advance it slowly. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have the norovirus or food poisoning?

How can I tell if I have the norovirus or food poisoning?

Norovirus: Is a form of food poisoning. There is usually 12 to 48 hours from contact to symptoms. ...Read more

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I am really worried, how to tell if I have norovirus or something more serious?

Test: You cannot tell unless you test. Anybody else with similar symptoms around you? Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between salmonella and a stomach flu?

How to tell the difference between salmonella and a stomach flu?

Diarrhea: The only way to differentiate is by doing stool culture, usually salmonella the stool contains mucus and blood whereas viral diarrhea is just watery. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a stomach virus and food poisoning?

How to tell the difference between a stomach virus and food poisoning?

There are a number: Of potential causative agents for food poisoning including viruses (Norovirus, Rotovirus and Hepatitis A). Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria (E.coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigella, Staphylococcus Aureus, C. botulinum, Clostridium perfingens, V. cholerae, C. jenui.), & toxins in food. Ciguatera in tropical fish that have eaten toxic plankton, Shellfish fed on toxic algae, Scromboid ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between dehydration and a stomach virus?

How can you tell the difference between dehydration and a stomach virus?

One can cause..: The other. A stomach virus that leads to vomiting, poor intake, diarrhea can lead to someone getting behind in fluids (dehydration). A stomach bug often comes with feeling bad, maybe fevers, stomach cramps, etc. Dehydration can be caused by lots of things besides stomach problems. Not ever stomach virus leads to dehydration, but you should take steps to prevent it anytime you have a stomach virus. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between food poisoning and a stomach virus?

How can you tell the difference between food poisoning and a stomach virus?

Usually can't: Usually can't, unless stool studies are obtained that detect bacteria consistent with food poisoning. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between stomach virus and heat exhaustion?

How can I tell the difference between stomach virus and heat exhaustion?

Virus vs heat: Well heat exhaustion should improve with cooling and hydration. A stomach virus you're usually looking at 3 days or so of vomiting and diarrhea and probably a fever. ...Read more

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How long does rotavirus usually last?

How long does rotavirus usually last?

3-7 days. : Symptoms vary from day to day and from person to person. Illness usually begins 12 hours to 4 days after exposure & generally lasts for 3 – 7 days. Children may have only diarrhea or vomiting at first, but with progression become sufficiently ill to require hospitalization. Other symptoms may develop as the disease evolves; about 10% of children have only fever and vomiting upon admission. ...Read more

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How could I do with my son"s rotavirus?

How old is your son?: Rotavirus can be a serious illness for young infants, because of dehydration. Was he not vaccinated? Has he seen his pediatrician? There is no actual treatment for the virus. So in general, if he is vomiting, you need to give him small sips of fluids(the type depends on his age)& watch his urine output. For the diarrhea, if he is on solids, continue them. Talk to his doctor for futher advice. ...Read more

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How long will the rotavirus usually last?

How long will the rotavirus usually last?

3-7 days. : Symptoms vary from day to day and from person to person. Illness usually begins 12 hours to 4 days after exposure & generally lasts for 3 – 7 days. Children may have only diarrhea or vomiting at first, but with progression become sufficiently ill to require hospitalization. Other symptoms may develop as the disease evolves; about 10% of children have only fever and vomiting upon admission. ...Read more

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How many days does the rotavirus usually last?

Rotavirus illness: The length of illness can vary. Can be anywhere from a few days to up to 10 days. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get rotavirus more than once?

Is it possible to get rotavirus more than once?

Yes: The first episode does not result in permanent immunity. Repeat episodes tend to be milder. Reinfection can occur at any age. ...Read more

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Can a rotavirus be transmitted by skin to skin contact?

Can a rotavirus be transmitted by skin to skin contact?

Not usually: Most transmission of rotavirus is either by droplets in the air; or contaminated foodstuffs. ...Read more

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Do YOU recomand rotavirus vaccination?

Do YOU recomand rotavirus vaccination?

Yes: Rota Virus is recommended for all babies and it is n oral vaccine prevents Rota Vitus infection which causes Diarrhea in children and can quickly dehydrate them and put them in hospital ...Read more

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Color of stool in a child with rotavirus?

Color of stool in a child with rotavirus?

Varies: You can get many stool colors with Rotavirus. One more common color, in my experience, has been a distinct "technicolor green". As it progresses you can see clear watery stools, yellow stools, and finally brown. With the advent of the vaccine we hardly ever see Rotavirus these days. ...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 rotavirus vaccination mandatory for every child?

Is rotavirus vaccination mandatory for every child?

No: Rotavirus is one of the main causes of diarrhea related deaths worldwide in infants & children. It is also one of the prime reasons kids in the US are hospitalized for dehydration. The vaccine has been effective in reducing these admissions within the populations that use them. However, they remain optional. ...Read more

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Is a rotavirus infection dangerous for the elderly?

Is a rotavirus infection dangerous for the elderly?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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