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- Rotavirus infection facts
- What is rotavirus?
- What causes rotavirus infections?
- Rotavirus vs. norovirus
- What are risk factors for rotavirus infection?
- Can adults get a rotavirus infection?
- What is the incubation period for rotavirus?
- What are rotavirus infection symptoms and signs?
- Is rotavirus contagious? How long is rotavirus contagious?
- How is rotavirus transmitted?
- What specialists treat rotavirus infection?
- How do health-care professionals diagnose a rotavirus infection?
- What is the treatment for a rotavirus infection?
- What is the prognosis of a rotavirus infection?
- Can a vaccine prevent rotavirus infections? Are any side effects associated with the rotavirus vaccine?
What is the incubation period for rotavirus?
The time period from initial infection to symptoms (incubation period) for rotavirus disease is typically around two days, but varies from one to three days.
What are rotavirus infection symptoms and signs?
Symptoms of the disease include fever, vomiting, and watery diarrhea. Abdominal pain may also occur, and infected children may have profuse watery diarrhea up to several times per day. Symptoms generally persist for three to nine days. Immunity from repeated infection is incomplete after a rotavirus infection, but repeated infections tend to be less severe than the original infection.
Rotavirus infection can be associated with severe dehydration in infants and children. Severe dehydration can lead to death in rare cases, so it is important to recognize and treat this complication of rotavirus infection. In addition to the symptoms of rotavirus infection discussed above, parents should be aware of the symptoms of dehydration that can occur with rotavirus infection or with other serious conditions.
Symptoms of dehydration include
- dry, cool skin,
- absence of tears when crying,
- dry or sticky mouth,
- sunken eyes or sunken fontanel (the soft spot on the head of infants), and
- extreme thirst.