Rotavirus Disease

Diarrhea is one of the world’s leading causes of child illness and death, and rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea. Preventing illness in the first place with rotavirus vaccines is critical. The cost of hospitalizing a child with rotavirus takes a significant toll on families and health systems.

Diarrheal Disease

While diarrheal deaths have dropped, it remains a leading killer. Repeated episodes can impact a child’s growth and development.

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What Is Rotavirus?

Rotavirus is highly contagious and incredibly resilient. Interventions that prevent other forms of diarrhea aren’t adequate.

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Prevention and Treatment

Oral rehydration therapy is effective in treating mild infections, but prevention is best. Rotavirus vaccines are safe and effective.

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The Global Burden

Almost every child will be infected with rotavirus before age 5, regardless of where they live.

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Increase in child’s risk of death two months after suffering from moderate-to-severe diarrhea

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Coverage of oral rehydration therapy in places where the most diarrhea deaths occur

Thousands of children worldwide who die from rotavirus disease annually

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Average family income devoted to treating one episode of rotavirus diarrhea in Bangladesh

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The ROTA Council was created in collaboration with an advisory group of 24 child health leaders from around the world. We promote the use of rotavirus vaccines as part of a comprehensive approach to addressing diarrheal disease.

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