Additional information relating to rotavirus, including quarterly surveillance data and vaccination information, can be found in the immunisation section of this website.
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.
24 - 72 hours.
Voluntary laboratory reports and surveillance of general outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease.