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Rotavirus is a contagious virus that causes diarrhea. It mostly affects infants and children but adults may also contract it. It is very common in December through June (winter through spring). 

Once a person is infected with the virus, it takes about two days for the symptoms to be visible. The symptoms include:

  • Watery diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dehydration

Dehydration is highly dangerous for young children. Take note of the following symptoms of dehydration and visit a healthcare provider immediately if your child is experiencing them::

  • dry mouth and throat
  • feeling dizzy when standing up
  • crying with few to no tears 
  • decreased urination or dark yellow or brown urine 
  • unusual sleepiness or irritability

Rotavirus is very contagious, especially in children. It can easily be spread if a child:

  • Puts unwashed hands or contaminated objects in their mouth 
  • Eats food that is contaminated

If your child is experiencing any of the following, visit the nearest ModernMD clinic right away:

  • Ongoing diarrhea 
  • Frequent vomiting 
  • Black or tarry stool
  • Irritability, lethargy, or pain
  • Dehydration
  • Unresponsiveness or confusion

If you’re an adult and you are infected with the virus, visit a ModernMD clinic near you if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • diarrhea has been present for over 2 days
  • Bloody stool or vomit
  • can’t keep liquids down for 24 hours
  • fever or high temperature (over 103 F or 39.4 C)
  • dehydration

Proper hygiene, including washing hands regularly is necessary to prevent the spread of the virus. 


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