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Rotavirus


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Rotavirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in infants and very young children. Almost every child will have had an infection by the age of five.

Rotavirus can cause severe vomiting, severe diarrhoea, and stomach cramps. These symptoms usually last from 3-8 days. Good hygiene is the most important way of preventing the spread of rotavirus.

Adults may become infected, however, repeat infections are generally less severe than infections during childhood.

Clinical Information

Incubation period:
Approximately 48 hours.

Common clinical features:
Watery diarrhoea and vomiting.

Fever and abdominal pain are also frequently reported

Reservoir:
Gastrointestinal tract of man.

Transmission:
Person to person by faecal oral route or by environmental contamination.


Image: CDC

Rotavirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in infants and very young children. Almost every child will have had an infection by the age of five.

Rotavirus can cause severe vomiting, severe diarrhoea, and stomach cramps. These symptoms usually last from 3-8 days. Good hygiene is the most important way of preventing the spread of rotavirus.

Adults may become infected, however, repeat infections are generally less severe than infections during childhood.

Clinical Information

Incubation period:
Approximately 48 hours.

Common clinical features:
Watery diarrhoea and vomiting.

Fever and abdominal pain are also frequently reported

Reservoir:
Gastrointestinal tract of man.

Transmission:
Person to person by faecal oral route or by environmental contamination.

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