Hepatitis A is an inflammatory disease of the liver. A vaccine is available to prevent hepatitis A. The hepatitis A virus spreads to other people by contaminated foods and water (contaminated with feces from an infected person) or by close personal contact. In most cases, the infection resolves on its own after a few weeks.
Hepatitis A infection may not always cause symptoms and signs. When it does, the signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include flu-like symptoms such as fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, joint pain, and abdominal pain. Other associated signs and symptoms can include dark urine, yellow skin and eyes (jaundice), and light-colored stools.
Cause of hepatitis A
Infection with the hepatitis A virus causes the disease.
Other hepatitis a symptoms and signs
- Abdominal Pain
- Dark Urine
- Joint Pain
- Light-Colored Stools
- Loss of Appetite
- Yellow Eyes and Skin (Jaundice)
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