Wanted Rotavirus

"Rotavirus Gastroenteritis"

Made By: Feras Louzon 11/11/14 period 2


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Body System rota virus attacks

Rotavirus attacks the Gastroenteritis (intestines)

Types of Rotavirus

There are many different types of rotavirus.

How is it transmitted?

Rotavirus can be spread by contaminated:
  • Hands
  • Objects (toys, surfaces)
  • Food
  • Water


Who is most at risk?

The highest rates of illness occur among infants and young children, and most children in the United States are infected by 5 years of age. Adults can also be infected, though disease tends to be milder.

What types of workers have been exposed?

A medical doctor is the only worker exposed, but they can spread it quickly through other patients.



The symptoms of Rotavirus include: severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. Vomiting and watery diarrhea can last from 3 to 8 days. Additional symptoms include loss of appetite and dehydration (loss of body fluids), which can be especially harmful for infants and young children.

Symptoms of dehydration include:

  • decrease in urination
  • dry mouth and throat
  • feeling dizzy when standing up

Damage to the Body

In some cases death can occur from dehydration and electrolyte imbalance


Where it can be found?

It can be found in private wells for drinking water contaminated with feces from infected humans.


How to prevent rotavirus

Good hygiene (hand washing) and cleanliness are important but are not enough to control the spread of the disease.

Rotavirus vaccines are very effective in preventing rotavirus gastroenteritis and the accompanying diarrhea and other symptoms. The CDC recommends routine vaccination of infants with either of the two available vaccines:

  • RotaTeq® (RV5), which is given in 3 doses at ages 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months; or
  • Rotarix® (RV1), which is given in 2 doses at ages 2 months and 4 months.

Both rotavirus vaccines are given orally. The vaccines are very effective (85% to 98%) in preventing severe rotavirus disease in infants and young children, including rotavirus infection that requires hospitalization.


There is no antiviral drug to treat rotavirus infection. Antibiotic drugs will not help because antibiotics fight against bacteria not viruses.The best way to protect against dehydration is to drink plenty of liquids. Oral rehydration solutions that you can get over the counter in U.S. food and drug stores are most helpful for mild dehydration. Severe dehydration may require hospitalization for treatment with intravenous (IV) fluids, which are given to patients directly through their veins. If you think you or someone you are caring for is severely dehydrated, contact your doctor.