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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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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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What can I do to protect my kids from my rotavirus infection?

What can I do to protect my kids from my rotavirus infection?

Immunize &wash hands: Rotavirus is one of the most common and potentially serious intestinal viral infections in the us. It is spread by contact, not through the air. So the best defense is to wash hands before eating and after caring for children or adults, especially changing diapers, clothes, etc.. A safe, effective oral vaccine is available and recommended for all healthy infants. ...Read more

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Where am I or my child likely to contract a rotavirus infection?

Where am I or my child likely to contract a rotavirus infection?

Yes: Rotavirus causes diarrhea in young children, which may lead to dehydration. Speak to your doctor about prevention and treatment options. ...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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What are the tests for rotavirus infection?

What are the tests for rotavirus infection?

Poo sent to lab: Some stool water/solids can be sent to a laboratory that will test the material for the presence of the rotovirus antigen (bodies) using a simple test. It seldom changes the method of treatment for the child but helps monitor the activity of the virus in the community. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rotavirus infection?

What are the symptoms of rotavirus infection?

Diarrhea: Rotavius s one of the mt common causes of diarrhea and viral gastroenteritis (stomach bug) in children. In general, children only need supportive care such as oral fluids. However, the diarrhea can be very bad and lead to severe dehydration requiring IV fluids. It can be deadly in some parts of the world. A vaccine is now available for it. ...Read more

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Does rotavirus infection usually cause many symptoms?

Does rotavirus infection usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Dr hadied's answer is comprehensive. But to add, immunize your infant with the rotavirus vaccine, which has according to recent study, reduced the number or er visits due to rotavirus infection from 400, 000 per year to 100, 000 per year, a 75% reduction. And no serious com plications. This will only get better. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like rotavirus infection go away quickly?

Do symptoms like rotavirus infection go away quickly?

Some do: Rotovirus is an intestinal virus with variable symptoms and duration. Generally lasting 3-8 days, the affected kid may develop dehydration & acidosis requiring hospital based care or have a brief mild illness and self recover. ...Read more

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I have cancer, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

I have cancer, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

May be: Rotavirus is seen in kids presents as gsatro enteritis, basically seen in children, if you are on chemo, immuno suppressed to get it. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

Usually not: Rotavirus is a short-lived viral infection. It can wreak havoc on the GI tract and cause some dehydration but there is no correlation between the two diseases. ...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

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Can better hygiene prevent rotavirus infection?

Yes.: Good handwashing is key! rotavirus causes bad diarrhea and in newborns, elderly and people with weak immune systems, can cause severe dehydration... And sometimes death. Another way to prevent rotavirus is to have your infant vaccinated. The vaccine is safe and effective. Cheers! ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for rotavirus infection?

Care supportive: Kids with rotovirus are generally treated with supportive measures.Rehydration fluids, diet as tolerated and monitored urine output. Occasionally IV fluids are necessary. The virus will resolve within 3-8 days and gut recovery will follow close behind. There are no abx or anti-diarrhea meds that help this in a small child. An adult might try loperamide for the cramps & loose stools. ...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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I have irritable bowel syndrome, 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. If you happened to get rotavirus, you will experience the same symptoms but it should not cause any long term complications. Your immune system will fight the virus. Drink plenty of fluids with electrolytes (ex gatorade) & see dr if it needed. ...Read more

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Is there a safe vaccination that will prevent rotavirus infection?

Is there a safe vaccination that will prevent rotavirus infection?

Yes, Rotateq vaccine: The old vaccine 20 years ago had intussusception side effects (intestinal problem). New RotaTeq doesn't seem to have the side effect, meaning the chance of getting intuss. Is the same with or without rotateq. Rotateq is safe enough for babies, to prevent rotavirus diarrhea&dehydration (& death in 3rd world countries). Gsk-rotarix caused a slight increase in intuss. In mexico (1 in 100, 000 babies). ...Read more

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Will sterilisation of milk bottles help to prevent rotavirus infection in babies?

A better way: Effective handwashing will go a lot further in preventing rotavirus infection. However, if rotavirus is on the bottles, sterilization will kill it. But it won't help if someone with rotavirus on their hands fixes the bottle. ...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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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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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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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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How can I quickly test for and prevent rotavirus in my child?

How can I quickly test for and prevent rotavirus in my child?

Direct-antigen test: The direct-antigen test can give results in 24 hours and vaccination with a rotavirus vaccine can substantially reduce a child’s risk of life-threatening rotavirus infection. Studies show that these vaccines can prevent approximately 75% of rotavirus infections and over 95% of hospitalizations due to rotavirus. The rotavirus vaccine is given orally to children at 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my grandson is in the hospital with what they are saying is rotavirus. Can anyone give me any insight to this?

Should i be concerned if my grandson is in the hospital with what they are saying is rotavirus. Can anyone give me any insight to this?

Not necessarily: Rotovirus is responsible for most of the hospitalizations for dehydration among infants in the us. It is a transient problem that self heals with simple fluid support (IV) and a gradual re-introduction of regular feeds.It is a simple waterborne germ that is transmitted easily in the stool water and may contaminate changing tables or the hands of personnel. ...Read more

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