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The Worst Viruses in History

Rotavirus

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If you’ve had food poisoning, there’s a fairly good chance you’ve come into contact with rotavirus. This foodborne illness is caused by fecal-oral contact, and is marked by its explosive diarrhea symptoms. 

In adults, rotavirus isn’t very dangerous. Among children, however, it remains a dangerous killer. Almost half a million children around the world died of rotavirus complications in 2008. There’s a vaccine that can prevent it now, which thankfully has dropped the number of deaths worldwide.


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