Rotavirus Gastroenteritis
What is Rotavirus Gastroenter

Rotavirus gastroenteritis is a viral gastroenteritis common in infants and young children. Causes of Rotavirus Gastroenteritis “Rotavirus” is widely distributed throughout the world, and infections are found all over the world regardless of sanitary conditions.

Major Sources of Infection

The main infection route of rotavirus is oral infection. It infects through consumption of foods, viruses, and certiain bacteria that enters the body along side the viruses. Rotaviruses are contained in large quantities in infected persons’ stool, so when infected infants have their diapers replaced, viruses adhere to their hands and nails and there are many cases in which it enters the mouth.There are hundreds of millions of viruses that may have contacted with your hands and nails when changing diapers. When changing diapers, it is recommended to use disposable rubber gloves, masks and plastic bags are used in order to not make contact with contaminants directly. Also, we recommend using sodium hypochlorite when washing clothes that have made contact with spilled material or body fluids. Since sodium hypochlorite contain a bleaching agent, it may disinfect when washing.Rotavirus remains in clothes in the case of normal laundry detergent, and as it dries it may cause rotavirus to float in the air causing secondary infection.

Symptoms

Many rotavirus gastroenteritis symptoms include sudden vomiting and it may cause diarrhea like whitish water. Fever may arise and may take a few weeks for recovery. In many cases without treatment, even after recovery after inital symptoms, sometimes dehydration, renal failure, pyrogenic spasm, encephalitis / encephalopathy etc. may be emerge, and hospitalization may be necessary.

Prevention

To protect infants from rotavirus gastroenteritis, WHO (World Health Organization) recommends vaccination. Vaccination has made it possible not only to prevent each infants from suffering from sever gastroenteritis, but also has the effect of suppressing further infection. Immunity numbers have increased following global inoculation.
it is recommended to follow clean havits especially after defecation. Wash hands with soap and antibacterial solutions especially before preparing meals. If there is an infected family member, try to disinfect common areas such as toilet seats, doorknobs, handrails etc. with hypochlorous acid solutions as much as possible. Always avoid sharing towels.