COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - Dr. James Bush is treating the rotavirus at Colonial Heights Medical Center.

The sickness causes vomiting and profuse watery diarrhea and often leads to dehydration and causes thousands of deaths annually.

Children with profound vomiting and diarrhea can be treated with IV fluids for hydration, many requiring admission to hospital. There is a vaccine available and effective, given as two to  three doses.

Good hand washing can help prevent spread.

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