The management of Rotavirus disease in children

  • Natalie Schellack Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Cahlia Naested Netcare Greenacres Hospital
  • Gustav Schellack PPD South Africa
  • Hannelie Meyer Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Jean Motubatse Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Kamogetso Mametja Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Freddy Makola Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: rotavirus disease, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, dehydration, rotavirus vaccine

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Natalie Schellack, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BCur, BPharm, PhD (Pharmacy) Associate Professor Department of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Cahlia Naested, Netcare Greenacres Hospital
Pharmacist Netcare Greenacres Hospital
Gustav Schellack, PPD South Africa
Manager Operational Bidding PPD South Africa (Clinical Research)
Hannelie Meyer, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Associate Professor School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Jean Motubatse, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Academic Intern School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Kamogetso Mametja, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Academic Intern School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Freddy Makola, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Academic Intern School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
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