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Hepatitis A

Facts

 recovery from the illness can take people weeks or months, leading to time absent from work, school, or daily life

Fecal-Oral

ingestion of contaminated food or water, close personal or sexual contact with an infected person, intravenous drug use


126 million cases

worldwide annually (estimated in 2005)

 

Symptoms:  Fever, malaise, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark-colored urine, and jaundice

 

Severe case: in rare instances, acute liver failure that can result in death 

 

  Precautions against Hepatitis A, including good hygiene measures, safe eating and drinking habits,
and vaccination, should be considered:


- Personal hygiene practices, such as regular hand-washing with safe water after using the toilet and before preparing food.
- Exercise caution when consuming food that could have been prepared by someone with the infection who hasn’t washed their hands properly or drinks made with contaminated water or ice cubes.
- Avoid eating raw or undercooked shellfish

 

 

 

 

 

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