STEP 239: Rotavirus: Prevalent Cause of Viral Gastroenteritis in Young Children (CE: 0.5)


Rotavirus is the most common cause of acute secretory diarrhea in young children. Rotavirus infection is by the oral-fecal route. Nosocomial infections are frequent and can account for up to 50% of rotavirus cases occurring in hospitals. Infections appear to be repetitive, and reinfection usually involves different serotypes. The antibody that develops after infection may persist for as long as 6 months. Antibodies can either protect individuals from reinfection or reduce the severity of reinfection. This article discusses the historical overview, epidemiology, mode of transmission, diagnosis requirements, treatment plan, and prevention techniques for rotavirus.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the epidemiology of rotavirus
  • Outline the laboratory diagnosis for rotavirus
  • Discuss treatment methods for rotavirus



Ricarte A. Gallarte, RM, MT


Launched: 2002