Hepatitis A

By: Caitlin Martin

Description

An acute liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV) it can last from a few weeks to several months. It does not lead to chronic infection/

Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Clay-colored bowel movements
  • Low-grade fever
  • Dark urine
  • Joint Pain
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes

Causes

  • Eating food handled by someone with the virus who doesn't wash their hands often.
  • Drinking contaminated water.
  • Being in close contact with a person who is infected.
  • Having sex with someone who has the virus.

Treatments

  • Rest
  • Cope with nausea
  • Rest your liver

Deaths

Most people who get Hepatitis A recover, only a very small proportion die from Hepatitis A. Epidemics can be explosive and cause significant economic loss.

Number of Hepatitis Patients a year

In 2013 there were 3,473 people with Hepatitis A infection in the United States.