This virus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea in young children and can cause dehydration and even death. Nearly every child in the U.S. is exposed to rotavirus before their 5th birthday.
Rotavirus disease is most common in infants and young children, but older children and adults can become with rotavirus as well.
Rotavirus spreads easily among infants and young children. It is possible to spread the virus before and after a child is sick with diarrhea. The virus spreads when an infected person and the virus enters a person’s mouth (fecal-oral route).
Rotavirus can be spread through contaminated:
Each year in the United States rotavirus causes:
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