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Is rotavirus a kind of airborne virus?

Is rotavirus a kind of airborne virus?

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. ...Read more

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Rotavirus Infection (Definition)

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


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What is rotavirus?

What is rotavirus?

Gastroenteritis: Rotavirus is a the most common cause of gastroenteritis in children. It causes watery diarrhea. Although it usually is self limiting and not serious, almost 2 million children become seriously ill from dehydration world wide every year, and over 500,000 children under 5 die. In the US there were 35-40 deaths each year from this before the vaccine, which has decreased these numbers. ...Read more

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What is rotavirus?

What is rotavirus?

A diarrhea virus: Rotavirus is a virus that causes diarrhea, and is contagious. It is one of the most common causes of children's diarrhea, but luckily, there is a vaccine now to protect against it. Babies and children who have gotten the vaccine should either not get the diarrhea or just get a milder case of it, when they catch the rotavirus. ...Read more

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What exactly is rotavirus?

What exactly is rotavirus?

A virus-affects kids: Rotavirus is one type of many viruses that can affect humans. Viruses are classified by what type of genetic material they have and how they are organized. The reoviridae, the family rotavirus belongs, have double-stranded RNA as their genetic material, enclosed in a 'capsid'. Rotavirus is an important cause of infectious diarrhea in infants and young children. There is currently a vaccine. ...Read more

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How is a rotavirus spread?

Oral-fecal: Virus is passed from person to person by oral-fecal route. ...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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