Hepatitis A: Overview

What is hepatitis?

In simple terms, hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Many things can cause hepatitis, including viruses (hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C), fatty liver disease and autoimmune and metabolic liver disease.

What is hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver from a virus called “hepatitis A.”

What causes hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is caused by a virus typically caught by close contact with an infected person or by ingesting contaminated food or water. More than 25,000 cases per year are reported in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Who gets hepatitis A?

Anyone can become infected with hepatitis A, and both males and females are equally susceptible.

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