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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It typically spreads through contaminated food or water and can result in flu-like symptoms, jaundice, and liver inflammation. Vaccination offers effective prevention against this viral infection.

Hepatitis A is a viral liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is part of the hepatitis group of viruses and is typically transmitted through the consumption of contaminated food or water or through close contact with an infected individual. Unlike hepatitis B and C, which can become chronic conditions, hepatitis A typically does not lead to long-term liver problems.

Symptoms of hepatitis A can range from mild to severe and may include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, pale stools, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). While many people recover from hepatitis A without complications, severe cases can result in acute liver failure, which can be life-threatening.

Preventive measures are crucial for hepatitis A. Vaccination is highly effective and is recommended for travelers to regions with high infection rates and for individuals at increased risk, such as healthcare workers and those with chronic liver diseases. Practicing good hygiene, including frequent handwashing and avoiding consumption of undercooked or contaminated food and water, is also essential in preventing the spread of the virus.

Early diagnosis and prompt medical attention can help manage the symptoms and complications of hepatitis A. In most cases, the infection resolves on its own, and individuals develop immunity against future HAV infection.

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