Rotavirus

Concept: Rotavirus
Topic: Science and Technology
Category: Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
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Rotavirus

Rotavirus is a virus that is the most widespread reason for severe vomiting and diarrhea in infants and young children. A genus of double-stranded RNA virus in the Reoviridae family, it has affected virtually every child in the world at least on one occasion before the child attains five years of age. In the case of the rotavirus, the affected person develops immunity with every infection, so that subsequent infections are always less in severity. Adults are hardly ever affected by the virus. Even though this disease of childhood can be managed easily, more than 450,000 children below the age of five die of it every year. Most of the fatal cases occur in developing countries. Almost 2 million become severely ill because of rotavirus.