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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Rotavirus

Last week I was very ill.

The type of ill where you think you would prefer to die rather than have to enter the bathroom again.

Thank God we live in the same compound as a doctor!! Andrew B was able to come in a regular intervals to check up on me, and rig up a drip for me to keep me hydrated.


This weekend I have come out the other end and am eating  - something I thought I would NEVER do again.

We think I had rotavirus.
Nasty, nasty, nasty.

Unfortunately Oliver and Lauren have now both been sick too.

Some info about rotavirus from the Australian Government Department of Health web site:

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe gastroenteritis in infants and young children, causing around half of all hospitalised cases of gastroenteritis in children less than 5 years of age. Children can be infected with a rotavirus several times during their lives. Rotavirus spreads by contact with infected faeces and might also be transmitted through faecally contaminated food, water and respiratory droplets.
The illness can begin abruptly with vomiting 1 to 3 days after infection, often before the onset of diarrhoea. The spectrum of illness ranges from mild, watery diarrhoea of limited duration to severe, dehydrating diarrhoea with vomiting, fever, and shock. Symptoms generally resolve in 3 to 7 days.
Rotavirus is a vaccine preventable disease. Rotavirus vaccination is recommended as part of routine childhood immunisation. The vaccine contains a small amount of inactivated live rotavirus. It is listed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule and funded for children under the Immunise Australia Program
This Program commenced in July 2007 and provides free rotavirus vaccine for all children born on or after 1 May 2007.

We were all born a little late to have been immunised.

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