In the United States, rotavirus is responsible for approximately 5 to 10 percent of all cases of diarrhea among children under 5 years of age. However, because the virus causes more severe diarrhea than other pathogens, it accounts for a greater proportion of severe diarrhea cases (for example, 40 to 50 percent of diarrhea hospitalizations).
Rotavirus accounts for more than 500,000 physician visits and approximately 55,000 to 70,000 hospitalizations each year among children under 5 years of age. An estimated 1 in 200,000 children with rotavirus diarrhea die from the complications of the infection.
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Because rotavirus is the name of the virus, people commonly refer to a rotavirus infection as: