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Signs of Rotavirus

Signs include:2

  • Diarrhoea – in its mild form, the foal may simply have soft faeces but, as the digestive system becomes damaged, the disease can progress until the foal has water-like diarrhoea
  • Depression
  • Dehydration, which if severe can result in death




  1. Australian Government Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Rotavirus and equine diarrhoea. Equine Research News, July 2013.
  2. Equine rotavirus in horses. Available online: Accessed 27/8/13.