Rota Virus is the most common cause of severe diarrhoea among infants and young children. It is a genusof double-stranded RNA virus in the family Reoviridae. Nearly every child in the world has been infected with rotavirus at least once by the age of five
A rotavirus infection usually starts with a fever and vomiting, followed by three to eight days of watery diarrhea. The infection can cause abdominal pain as well. In adults who are otherwise healthy, a rotavirus infection may cause only mild signs and symptoms — or none at all.
Call your child's doctor if your child:
• Has severe or bloody diarrhea
• Has frequent episodes of vomiting for more than three hours
• Has a temperature of 103 F (39.4 C) or higher
• Seems lethargic, irritable or in pain
Has signs or symptoms of dehydration — dry mouth, crying without tears, little or no urination, unusual sleepiness or unresponsiveness
If you're an adult, call your doctor if you:
• Aren't able to keep liquids down for 24 hours
• Have frequent episodes of vomiting for more than one or two days
• Vomit blood
• Have blood in your bowel movements
• Have a temperature higher than 103 F (39.4 C)
• Have signs or symptoms of dehydration — excessive thirst, dry mouth, little or no urination, severe weakness, dizziness on standing or lightheadedness
Rotavirus is often diagnosed
• Based on symptoms and
• A physical exam.
• A stool sample may be analyzed in a lab to confirm the diagnosis.
There's no specific treatment for a rotavirus infection. Antibiotics won't help a rotavirus infection. Usually, the infection resolves within three to eight days. Preventing dehydration is the biggest concern.
Consult at Aadil Hospital for vaccination.