Rotavirus

About Rotavirus

Rotavirus is a highly contagious spherical virus that can inflame the stomach and intestines. It is most common among infants and young children. This virus causes severe dehydration, and hospitalization is necessary. It is most common in young infants, so they need to be vaccinated early.

How Rotavirus Spreads

The virus is spread through contaminated feces. Touching objects with the virus in them or eating food that has the virus in it will cause you to get the disease

Vaccination

Two rotavirus vaccines are currently licensed for vaccinating infants in the United States: the RotaTeq and Rotarix. These vaccines are only given orally to infants at the age of 2 months.

Symptoms

A person infected with Rotavirus may have symptoms like watery diarrhea, vomiting, fever abdominal pains and dehydration. Symptoms will show up two days after the person has been exposed to the virus.