Skip to main content

Can rotavirus be deadly?

Page last updated 07 May 2020

Yes. In a small number of cases rotavirus can kill when symptoms are severe and fluid loss is not treated. However, in Australia, routine immunisation has successfully decreased the number of rotavirus cases, and the severity of symptoms in those who contact the disease, hence the number of cases requiring hospitalisation.

Sources & Citations

2.Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Rotavirus. Available at: (accessed 17 March 2020).

3. NSW Government. Rotavirus Fact Sheet. Available at: (accessed 17 March 2020).

5. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Rotavirus. Available at: (accessed 17 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0157(1)a - Date of preparation May 2020