The rotavirus is a double-stranded RNA virus belonging to the Reoviridae family. It is the leading cause of severe diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide. Here are some important facts about rotavirus:

1. Disease: Rotavirus infection causes gastroenteritis, characterized by symptoms such as severe diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. It can lead to dehydration, which can be life-threatening, especially in young children.

2. Contagious: Rotavirus is highly contagious and can easily spread from person to person, primarily through the fecal-oral route. It can also contaminate surfaces, objects, and food, contributing to its rapid transmission.

3. Age Group: Rotavirus infections are most common in infants and young children, typically under the age of 5. Older children and adults can also be infected, but they often have milder symptoms.

4. Treatment: There is no specific antiviral treatment for rotavirus infection. Management typically involves rehydration therapy to replace fluids and electrolytes lost due to diarrhea and vomiting. Severe cases may require hospitalization.

5. Global Impact: Rotavirus represents a significant public health problem, especially in developing countries with limited access to clean water and healthcare. It is estimated to cause hundreds of thousands of child deaths each year, although vaccination programs have succeeded in reducing these numbers.

6. Seasonal Variation: Rotavirus infections often show a seasonal pattern, with more cases occurring during colder months in temperate regions and throughout the year in tropical areas.

8. Prevention: The best way to prevent rotavirus infection is through vaccination and good hygiene practices. Proper handwashing, safe food handling, and maintaining a clean environment can help reduce the risk of transmission. Places where extra attention and prevention protocols should be implemented include preschools, school cafeterias, sports facilities, cruise ships, beach resorts, etc.

Rotavirus can have a significant impact on public health, especially in areas with limited access to healthcare resources. Vaccination efforts have made substantial progress in reducing the burden of rotavirus-related diseases and deaths, but ongoing vigilance in prevention and treatment remains important. The biocidal disinfectant Rely+On™ Virkon™ has been tested on this pathogen and has proven to be highly effective in all environments.
Additional Virucidal Efficacy
The table below summarises independent efficacy data of Rely+On™ Virkon™ against important disease-causing pathogens.

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