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Rotavirus is a common infection that causes vomiting and diarrhea in infants and children. Symptoms also include fever and stomach pain which may last from three to eight days. It is very contagious.
Most children are infected with rotavirus at least once by five years of age. Serious symptoms can occur mainly in children less than two years of age that include severe diarrhea leading to hospitalization. Children with weakened immune systems may experience more severe illness for a longer period of time.
Rotavirus infection is a major cause of hospital admissions for infants and children under five years of age.