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What is a rotavirus infection?
Rotavirus is a contagious virus. Among children, it's the leading cause of severe diarrhea. In some infants and children, diarrhea may be so bad that they become dehydrated and may require emergency care or hospitalization.
What causes a rotavirus infection?
Rotavirus usually spreads from fecal-oral contact. This normally happens because of poor hand-washing or from consuming contaminated food or water. In addition, the virus:
Are rotavirus infections common?
Most children have been infected with Rotavirus by the time they are 3. In fact, rotavirus infections are the most common cause of diarrhea in children. More specifically:
What are the symptoms of a rotavirus infection?
Symptoms of a Rotavirus infection range from mild or severe. They may take up to two days to appear after coming in contact with the virus. While symptoms may vary child-to-child, the most common include:
Can you prevent rotavirus infections?
Proper hygiene, hand washing and cleaning surfaces (such as toys and door knobs) are the best way to prevent catching a rotavirus. In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are two brands of vaccines that can help prevent Rotavirus infections, given when your child is 2 months, 4 months and potentially 6 months.
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