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Rotavirus vaccine can save thousands of children: experts

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Health Desk-27 Dec’18: Health experts in the country emphasized on making the parents aware about the vaccine of rotavirus that can save thousands of lives in the country.

The ROTA (Rotavirus Organisation of Technical Allies) Council in a report said about 2.4 million children, mostly aged 3 months to 2 years, get infected with rotavirus each year in Bangladesh.

Medical experts say, of the four viruses and bacteria-responsible for diarrhoeal diseases, the severity of rotavirus is uppermost. The patients will die, if quick treatment is not ensured.

Therefore, WHO recommends a two or three-dose vaccination depending on types of rotavirus vaccine, at six and 10 or 14 weeks to tie in with other routine vaccinations.

“Rotavirus is a leading cause of severe diarrhoeal disease and dehydration in infants and young children and can cause mild illness, hospitalization and even death. The symptoms usually occur 2-3 days after infection. The children are mostly affected with severe watery diarrhoea, projectile vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain,” Director, Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control & Research (IEDCR) Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora said.

According to the study IEDCR, the severity of rotavirus is still high in Bangladesh, though impact of other diarrhoeal diseases has reduced significantly in the recent days.