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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Rotavirus As commonly and scientifically known, the Rotavirus is avirus that affects the intestinal tract, an organ that is partof the digestive system, of mostly young children, whichusually causes diarrhea and an upset stomach. For more information: By the age of 5, most children have already been infected by the Rotavirus.Younger kids and babies should be carefully watched in case ofrapid dehydration, the loss of too much water in the body. Rotavirus is very contagious. Transmission occursthrough contact directly with an infected person orthrough something the infected person had comein contact with. Forgetting to wash hands before eatingor after using a toilet, then touching the mouth areamay result in transmitting the virus. Don't Touch! -Fever-Vomitting-Diarrhea-Abdominal pain (Cramps)-Loss of appetite-Dehydration Symptoms may include: Symptoms start to occur after 1-3 days of being infected. Vomitting and diarrhea may last between 3-8 days in a child.No full immunity = may develop virus more than once. infections of Rotavirus usually peak in the Southwest during the fall.By spring, the virus usually spreads towards the Northeast. Rotavirusis most common during the months of November - May, but canoccur during anytime of the year. In the US, Annual Infection, Survival, and Death Rates Preventions Since the Rotavirus is extremely contagious, it is quite hard to prevent children from becoming infected. The most one can do is improve andobtain healthy hygiene. Cleanliness and handwashing are very importantwhen trying to prevent infection. Another option may be taking the two vaccines,RotaTeq® and Rotarix®. Both are given orally. RotaTeq® is given in 3 doses at ages 2,4, and 6 months. Rotarix® is given in 2 doses at ages 2 and 4 months. Treatments Unfortunately, there is no known treatment for this virus. Antibioticswill not be able to help. This is because antibiotics fight againstbacteria, not viruses. This infection will heal itself over time for peoplewith healthy immune systems. The only thing that can be done is tomake your child feel as comfortable as possible, preventdehydration, and wait. To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of fluidsto replace the water that has been lost. Dehydration can become soserious that 1 in 40 children require hospitalization due to this. Andrea Castillo~Block:F
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