Hepatitis A is a liver infection. It is caused by the hepatitis A virus.
The virus is found in the stool of a person who has the disease. It is spread
when people eat food or drink water that has come in contact with the infected
stool. This can happen if you eat food prepared by someone who has not washed
his or her hands after going to the washroom.
In countries that have poor sewer systems, you can get the virus by
drinking the water or eating foods washed in the water.
The disease can also spread in daycare centres. Workers can spread the virus if they don't wash their hands well after changing a diaper. Washing hands and putting dirty diapers in a covered trash can or diaper pail will help
prevent the spread of hepatitis A.
only get the hepatitis A virus once. After that, your body builds up a defence
Symptoms usually last about 2 months. They go away on their own in almost
all cases and do not need treatment. Although hepatitis A is an infection of
the liver, the disease doesn't lead to long-term liver problems.
Symptoms may include:
There is no treatment
for hepatitis A. You get better on your own. But there are things you can do to help
your child feel better:
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to
know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child
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Current as of:
May 24, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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