Rotavirus is a highly infectious virus of the gut. It can range from a short period of mild, watery diarrhoea to severe, dehydrating diarrhoea with vomiting, fever and shock.The virus is spread by contact with the faeces (poos) of an infected person. This can happen if people don't wash their hands properly after going to the toilet or changing nappies.
Careful handwashing is important to stop the spread of rotavirus. Be aware that the virus can survive outside the body, so that hard surfaces, toys, utensils and other objects can become contaminated.If your child has rotavirus, they should be kept home from school or early childhood services until they are well and for 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. This will help prevent the spread of rotavirus in your community.