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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between The Rotavirus And The Norovirus

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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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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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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

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If my child had rotavirus is he immune from noravirus?

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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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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Does post-viral gastroparesis ever go away? If so, timeframe for recovery? Dx'd 6/13, symptoms started 1/13 after rotavirus. Could use some hope. :(

Does post-viral gastroparesis ever go away? If so, timeframe for recovery? Dx'd  6/13, symptoms started 1/13 after rotavirus. Could use some hope. :(

Slow recovery: Post-viral gastroparesis can take a long time to resolve. A gastroenterologist can offer medications and procedures to alleviate the symptoms. ...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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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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Is rotavirus a the most common cause of gastroenteritis?

Thanks for asking!: Most cases in children are caused by rotavirus, while in adults it is norovirus & campylobacter. ...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

Dr. Austina Cho
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