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Common Facts about Hepatitis A


Hepatitis A is a viral infection that affects the liver. It is caused by the Hepatitis A virus, which is often spread by way of an infected person’s poop. When a person comes in contact with it or ingests food or water contaminated by the stool, there’s a high chance they’d develop the disease.

Hepatitis A is not dangerous in many cases. Most times, it manifests as a minor infection of the liver lasting only a few weeks. In some severe cases (which is rare), Hepatitis A Infection may prolong to several months. Few cases are life-threatening, even to the point of causing liver failure.

The number of reported cases of Hepatitis A shows that it is more common in children. However, most children with Hepatitis A don’t exhibit signs of the disease.

Though it is not particularly dangerous, there is still a need to take care of oneself during the course of the treatment. [1]