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An incubation period is the time between when a person becomes infected and when symptoms appear. For people infected with a rotavirus, the incubation period lasts approximately two days. During the rotavirus incubation period, a person is contagious and can pass the infection on to others.

Rotavirus Incubation Period: A Summary

When a person becomes infected with rotavirus, the virus begins to multiply within the small intestine. After approximately two days, symptoms of a rotavirus infection can appear. This period between the rotavirus transmission and the start of symptoms is the "rotavirus incubation period."

Is a Person Contagious During the Rotavirus Incubation Period?

Yes, a person is contagious during the rotavirus incubation period. Infected people are also contagious while experiencing rotavirus symptoms. Once the diarrhea has ended, a person is no longer contagious.
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