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Description:Under a very high magnification of 455,882X, this transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology exhibited by numbers of rotovirus icosahedral protein capsid particles.

Rotavirus disease is most common in infants and young children, but adults and older children can also become infected with rotavirus. Once a person has been exposed to rotavirus, it takes about 2 days for symptoms to appear.

Symptoms include:

- Fever

- Vomiting

- Diarrhea

- Abdominal pain
Vomiting and watery diarrhea may last from 3 to 8 days in a child who is infected with rotavirus. Additional symptoms include loss of appetite and dehydration (loss of body fluids), which can be especially harmful for infants and young children.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated children may develop rotavirus disease more than once because there are many different types of rotavirus and because neither vaccine nor natural infection provides full immunity (protection) from future infections. Usually a person’s first infection with rotavirus causes the most severe symptoms.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Erskine L. Palmer
Creation Date:1978
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Links:CDC - National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases: Rotavirus
CDC – “VPD Surveillance Manual”, 5th Edition, 2011; Rotavirus: Chapter 13-1, by Daniel C. Payne, PhD, MSPH, Mary Wikswo, MPH, and Umesh D. Parashar, MBBS, MPH
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