Rotavirus Questions & Answers
1. What is rotavirus?
Rotavirus is a virus that
Causes severe diarrhea, mostly in infants and young children.
Is often accompanied by vomiting, fever, and dehydration.
Is the leading cause of diarrhea in infants and young children in the United States and worldwide.
Infects almost all children in the United States before their 5th birthday.
2. Should we be concerned about rotavirus?
Each year in the United States, rotavirus is responsible for
More than 400,000 doctor visits.
More than 200,000 emergency department visits.
Between 55,000 and 70,000 hospitalizations.
Between 20 and 60 deaths among children less than 5 years of age.
Accounts for about 527,000 deaths annually among children less than 5 years of age.
Causes about 1,600 deaths each day among children less than 5 years of age.
3. How is rotavirus spread?
Rotavirus spreads easily.
Large amounts of the virus are shed in the stool of infected persons and can easily be spread by contaminated hands and objects.
Children can spread rotavirus both before and after they become sick with diarrhea, and they can pass the virus to household members and other close contacts.
Among adults in the United States, rotavirus infection causes gastroenteritis (severe diarrhea, often with nausea, vomiting, and cramps) primarily among
Travelers returning from developing countries.
Parents and persons caring for children with rotavirus gastroenteritis.
This is what our Little one Alice has. She had to be in the hospital last night. Please be wary.