Rotavirus is one of the most common viruses that we can get in the community. It’s one the most common causes of acute diarrhea, which means the diarrhea that comes on very quickly and lasts for less than two weeks. It is a virus that really has no treatment except for supportive care, which means maintaining your liquid intake and just allowing the virus to clear out of your system. Rotavirus is a virus that you can get from someone else that has the virus. So in a lot of nursing home communities, in a lot of areas where people are very close-knit, such as a cruise ship or an area where you have a lot of contact with other people’s facilities such as areas where the same people are using the same type of restrooms, and if the cleanliness of it isn’t maintained, there’s definitely a high risk of getting that virus. And that’s usually one of the viruses that you see in outbreaks in certain areas such as cruise ships.
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