oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Rotavirus disease in children : review
|Article Title||Rotavirus disease in children : review|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||SA Pharmaceutical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of Limpopo and 2 University of Limpopo|
|Publication Date||Aug 2012|
|Pages||20 - 27|
|Keyword(s)||Dehydration, Diarrhoea, Gastroenteritis, Rotavirus disease and Rotavirus vaccine|
Rotavirus disease is known to be the most important cause of severe gastroenteritis in children worldwide. It affects nearly all children by the age of five years. Transmission of the virus occurs mainly through the faecal-oral route. Complications that are associated with rotavirus infection include malnutrition and dehydration. These may have a fatal outcome. Vaccination against rotavirus disease is the most efficient way to protect children against rotavirus infection and can save many lives. Primarily, treatment is aimed at rehydration to replace fluid and electrolyte losses.
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