Rotavirus infection

Rotavirus infection affects the digestive tract and is the most common cause of vomiting and severe diarrhea in babies and young children. Other symptoms include fever and stomach pain.

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 is usually minor, generally lasting 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 children. It helps protect against rotavirus infection.

Last Updated: July 24, 2008

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics

related physicians

related services

Bon Secours International| Sisters of Bon Secours USA| Bon Secours Health System

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Privacy Policy. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2010 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.