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How long does a rotavirus infection last?

Page last updated 11 July 2018

Symptoms of rotavirus generally appear suddenly 1-3 days after picking up the virus (the incubation period after exposure). 

Symptoms generally last 3-8 days. 

People may still spread the virus for three days after the symptoms go away (after recovery).

Sources & Citations

  1. Centers for Disease Control. Rotavirus – Symptoms. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  2. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, 4.17 Rotavirus. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  3. Centers for Disease Control,.Rotavirus – Transmission. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0157a - Date of preparation May 2018