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How to Help Prevent the Spread of Rotavirus

Rotavirus is no fun. Rotavirus prevention is very important. Learn about Rotavirus symptoms and most importantly how to prevent the spread of Rotavirus at home.

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How to Help Prevent the Spread of Rotavirus

Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrheal disease found in infants and young children, and it spreads very quickly amongst those infected. However, older children and adults can also get sick from rotavirus.1

Children who are infected may have severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. Vomiting and watery diarrhea can last from 3 to 8 days. Additional symptoms may include loss of appetite and dehydration (loss of body fluids), which can be especially dangerous for infants and young children, including a decrease in urination, dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up.1

To help reduce the spread of rotavirus at home, you can use these practical tips:

Tips at Home

  • Get vaccinated
    • The CDC recommends a rotavirus vaccination as the best way to protect your child from contracting the virus2
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds — the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice — or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Disinfect hard, nonporous surfaces3 using an EPA-registered disinfectant, such as Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach:
    • Preclean surface before disinfecting by washing and then rinsing with water
    • Mix ⅓ cup Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach in 1 gallon of water
    • Wipe area with bleach solution and let solution stand for 6 minutes
    • Rinse well and air dry

3. Clorox Master Label