A killer virus is peaking in Northeast Ohio, and young children are most at risk
19 Action News has learned the Rotavirus outbreak is peaking now, and it's peaking locally.
At six months old, little Jai Roebuck is a fighter. She spent several days in the hospital with the Rotavirus says Jai's mom Angel Roebuck. "Within 24 hrs, she got real dehydrated, real slim and her eyes were sunken in" says Angel.
Roebuck's daughter was fighting a dangerous illness that she wasn't even aware of before it attacked her child.
"She's very healthy, full of life and active and it was very hard seeing her like that" says Angel. Jai was vaccinated for Rotavirus, but still got sick.
Dr. Frank Esper of University Hospitals tells 19 Action News "all children are at risk for rotavirus, all children will likely get rotavirus at some point in time. But, this vaccine shows that when they do get infected they're not nearly as sick." Also, the tiniest patients are at the highest risk for deadly dehydration from Rotavirus.
Within the first couple months of life is when they really see the largest amount of mortality. That's why Angel wants to get the word out, as outbreaks peak. "I never heard of it before, and I just want parents to know that this virus can take our kids."
Signs and Symptoms (KidsHealth.org)
Kids with a rotavirus infection have fever, nausea, and vomiting, often followed by abdominal cramps and frequent, watery diarrhea. Kids may also have a cough and runny nose. As with all viruses, though, some rotavirus infections cause few or no symptoms, especially in adults.