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Rotavirus

Further Information

Additional information relating to rotavirus, including quarterly surveillance data and vaccination information, can be found in the immunisation section of this website.

Epidemiology

Transmission is usually faeco-oral. Food, water and surfaces can be contaminated as the virus remains stable in the environment. Rotavirus is a very common cause of gastro-enteritis in under-five year olds. Infection confers long-term immunity.

Main clinical features

Diarrhoea and vomiting.

Incubation period

24 - 72 hours.

Surveillance

Voluntary laboratory reports and surveillance of general outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease.

Surveillance Tables