Hepatitis A

What is Hepatitis A?

  • Hepatitis A is disease affecting the liver caused by a virus known as Hepatitis A virus.
  • The disease affects both children and adults.
  • This disease is mostly mild in nature and patients often recover fully.
  • However, in a small percentage of patients, it can be very severe and sometimes lead to death.

How is Hepatitis A Transmitted
The hepatitis A virus (HAV) is transmitted through ingestion of contaminated food and water or through direct contact with an infectious person.

What are the symptoms and signs that appear when you have Hepatitis A?

  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Dark coloured urine
  • light coloured stool
  • Jaundice

How is Hepatitis A treated?
There is no specific treatment to Hepatitis A. The doctor will try to relieve your symptoms.

What are the ways of prevention?

  • Safe water supply, food safety, improved sanitation, regular hand washing and hepatitis A vaccine are the most effective ways to prevent oneself from getting the disease.
  • Talk with your doctor about how to protect your family from hepatitis A.

What are the symptoms and signs that appear when you have Hepatitis A?

  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Dark coloured urine
  • light coloured stool
  • Jaundice

How is Hepatitis A treated?

There is no specific treatment to Hepatitis A. The doctor will try to relieve your symptoms.

What are the ways of prevention?

  • Safe water supply, food safety, improved sanitation, regular hand washing and hepatitis A vaccine are the most effective ways to prevent oneself from getting the disease.
  • Talk with your doctor about how to protect your family from hepatitis A.

Vaccination

2 Doses are needed that are given at least 6 months apart.