The Rotavirus Infection

Almost all children will be infected with rotavirus before their 5th birthday. It is more common in younger children and up to 1 in 3 babies will be infected in the first few months of their lives. Rotavirus infection is the most common cause of childhood hospitalization in Europe due to diarrhea and vomiting, yet parents know very little about this highly contagious virus. Symptoms can last up to 8 days and can be distressing for both children and parents. This is a burden on young sufferers, as well as on families and childcare providers. Rotavirus infection occurs mainly in the winter. There are 3.6 million cases of rotavirus infection in babies and young children under 5 every year in Europe. Rotavirus infections cause a large number of visits to doctors as well as home visits and hospital stays.