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How is hepatitis A transmitted?
The hepatitis A virus spreads via the oral-fecal route, often through food and water that is contaminated with human bodily waste.
What happens after I am infected?
Hepatitis A is normally not a serious condition and goes away naturally after a few weeks.
Who gets hepatitis A?
Anyone can be infected by hepatitis A. Groups at particular risk include sexual partners of hepatitis A carriers, people sharing a household with hepatitis A carriers, intravenous drug users and people who live in, or have travelled to, countries where sanitation is …
How is hepatitis A diagnosed?
Your doctor will usually diagnose hepatitis A by performing a blood test.
How is hepatitis A treated?
Hepatitis A usually does not require treatment. Bed rest, hydration and good nutrition can help your body recover from the infection.
Are there complications of hepatitis A?
Complications of hepatitis A are rare. In some people the infection can relapse. In rare cases, infection with hepatitis A in combination with other liver conditions or a weakened immune system can produce liver failure, a serious condition.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 21 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Hepatitis A