The management of Rotavirus disease in children

Natalie Schellack*, Cahlia Naested, Gustav Schellack, Hannelie Meyer, Jean Motubatse, Kamogetso Mametja, Nkatoko Freddy Makola

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Rotavirus disease is known to be the most important cause of severe gastroenteritis in children worldwide. It affects nearly all children by the age of five years. Transmission of the virus occurs mainly through the faecal-oral route. Complications that are associated with rotavirus infection include malnutrition and dehydration. These may have a fatal outcome. Vaccination against rotavirus disease is the most efficient way to protect children against rotavirus infection and can save many lives. Primarily, treatment is aimed at rehydration to replace fluid and electrolyte losses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-51
Number of pages6
JournalSA Pharmaceutical Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhoea
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Rotavirus disease
  • Rotavirus vaccine


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