Rotavirus spreads when a child has oral contact with stool (feces) containing the virus. The infection can also spread if a child touches a surface with rotavirus germs on it and then touches his or her mouth.
A rotavirus infection in babies or young children tends to last for about 3 to 8 days. The infection usually goes away on its own. Sometimes rotavirus infection can lead to severe loss of body fluids (dehydration), which can be life-threatening. Preventing dehydration is an important part of treatment for rotavirus infection.
Rotavirus immunization is recommended for all babies. It helps protect against rotavirus infection.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease|
|Last Revised||July 9, 2012|
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