11 doctors weighed in:

What is rotavirus?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Thank
Dr. Jason Hemming
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Gastroenteritis

A virus that can cause a gastroenteritis.

In brief: Gastroenteritis

A virus that can cause a gastroenteritis.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Dr. Jason Hemming
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
67M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors