Is rotavirus a contagious form of viral gastrointestinal infections?

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The most common form of viral gastrointestinal infection in children, rotavirus is extremely contagious. Even before symptoms begin to be felt, the disease can be passed on to others, and the virus remains contagious for up to two weeks after recovery. While an infection can occur anytime, rotavirus is most active and contagious during the winter and spring in the United States. Among adults, it's even possible to carry the virus, spread it, and not know it.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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