Hepatitis A

Liver Disease

Identification and Definition

Hepatitis A is a type of liver disease that can be prevented with vaccination. HAV or Hepatitis A virus is what causes the disease. It is possible for anyone to contract this illness. A healthy lifestyle can prevent the spread of Hepatitis A.

Signs and symptoms

Very peculiar symptoms as there are potentially none. It is said however that symptoms are less likely to show with age.


If Hepatitis A is present symptoms can show the following:

  • yellow skin or eyes
  • tiredness
  • stomach ache
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea

Disease History

Hippocrates is credited for the first description of the illness. The first reports were found in the 17th and 18th century associated with military campaigns. Hepatitis A is not to be confused with Hepatitis B. Vaccines for the virus were licensed in the years 1995 and 1996.

Transmission

Hepatitis A is spread when taken in the mouth from contact with objects, food, drinks contaminated by the feces of an infected person. Lack of sanitation is what can cause it to spread easily to other people. Sex or sexual contact can also lead to the spread of illness. basically can be spread through contact with disease.

Recommended Control Measures for Hepatitis A

The Hepatitis A vaccination is a great way to prevent Hepatitis A. The vaccination can really come in handy for people who travel around the world or even across the nation. The vaccination works by storing antibodies in a person for prevention. Another method of controlling the spread of Hepatitis A is to always wash your hands with soap and water after using the restroom, changing a diaper or preparing food. Being aware of sanitation is the best way to limit the spread of Hepatitis A.

Complications of Hepatitis A

Some symptoms may not show in children. Hepatitis A can be spread 2 weeks before any symptoms show up. Can cause liver failure which can lead to death, although the majority of people recover without any damages to the liver. If infection occurs it is best to contact your health professional.