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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

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Rotavirus Infection (Definition)

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 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 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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How long does a case of rotavirus usually last for?

Depends: Everyone heals differently. I am sorry I can't be more specific, but our bodies are different in how they react to viruses. ...Read more

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In what manner is my child likely to contract a rotavirus?

In what manner is my child likely to contract a rotavirus?

Contact: Usually from direct contact which is why good handwashing techniques are so effective in preventing the spread. ...Read more

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Will the rotavirus have lasting effects on a person years later?

Will the rotavirus have lasting effects on a person years later?

Not: None if the chide was treated probly and vaccinated.
Rotavirus can spread easily among infants and young children. While hand washing and cleanliness are important ways to stop the spread of germs, they are not enough to stop rotavirus. The best way to protect children against rotavirus is to get them vaccinated on time. ...Read more

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If my child gets rotavirus, can she get it again within the same month or year?

If my child gets rotavirus, can she get it again within the same month or year?

Yes: Just like a cold, it can cause an infection again, usually not as severe on subsequent infections. ...Read more

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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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If an adult gains immunity to the rotavirus can they get it again and what are the symptoms?

Yes: There are many serotypes (genetic variations) of the virus so depending on what serotype you were exposed to another serotype can cause reoccurrence of gastroenteritis at a different time. The symptoms of rotavirus are usually significant vomiting, diarrhea and gassiness. The symptoms usually last 5-7 days. There can be transient lactose intolerance. Adults usually do not get as ill as infants. ...Read more

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How is rotavirus treated in a hospital?

How is rotavirus treated in a hospital?

Isolation/hygiene: There is no cure for rotavirus, so treatment is more for making your child feel better and to prevent any complications from dehydration. If your child is hospitalized, they will be isolated from other children to prevent an outbreak in the hopital. It's the leading cause of severe diarrhea. In some infants and children, diarrhea may be so severe that the dehydration requires IV hydration. ...Read more

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What is the the vaccination for rotavirus called?

What is the the vaccination for rotavirus called?

Rotateq or Rotarix: There are two rotavirus vaccines in the U.S. Both are live-virus oral vaccines. Rotateq is given in 3 doses, and Rotarix is 2 doses. A baby can start with one vaccine, and should finish the series with the same vaccine, but he doesn't have to. It is ok for him to finish with the series with the other vaccine. ...Read more

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Is a rotavirus contagious?

Yes: Very. It is spread very easily between children and sometimes adults. Almost every person has been infected with a rotavirus at least once in their life. ...Read more

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What is the scientific / full name if the rotavirus?

Rotavirus: The scientific name is simply "rotavirus." there are five species, cleverly named a, b, c, d, and e. ...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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My kids just got the rotavirus oral vax 2 days ago. Are they contagious to me?

2: Most adults have had the rotavirus disease as youngsters. In the unlikely event that you contract the rotavirus it is useually very mild in adults provided that you do not have some immunosuppressive conditon such as aids. ...Read more

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Contagiousness of rotavirus? If I've been around an infant with rotavirus, how long should I avoid other infants for?

Depends: Rotovirus is shed in the stool in great numbers & can be found in the vomit of affected kids.Transmission can occur if only a few organisms are ingested, a process more common in infants with pervasive hand to mouth activity. The virus is shed for up to 3 wks in the poo, & hygienic practices can limit spred. Affected pts become symptomatic within 3 days of exposure. ...Read more

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What test for rotavirus and why?

What test for rotavirus and why?

Several tests: Commercial assays for detecting group-a antigens; viral cultures, or serological response by antibody testing (generally retrospective). There is little benefit to individual patients to proving the cause for the viral illness since there is no specific treatment available, and most therapy is for dehydration, control of vomiting and diarrhea, and dealing with infrequent complications. ...Read more

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Should I breastfeed if I have the rotavirus?

Should I breastfeed if I have the rotavirus?

Yes: Although rotavirus is contagious, you should not if possible stop nursing your baby. Important things to remember is to maintain yourself very well hydrated as you do not only loose water with diarrhea, and vomiting but electrolytes as well. Wash your hands with soap and water every time you go to the bathroom and before you touch either your breast or the baby. If taking any meds consult the dr. ...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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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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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