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How long does the hepatitis a virus survive outside the body?

How long does the hepatitis a virus survive outside the body?

Only few minutes: It depends on the temperature and the conditions. Most of the time it needs body fluids or very direct contact ( air born). ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more


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Can the hepatitis a virus have to be ingested?

Can the hepatitis a virus have to be ingested?

Yes: This is described as "fecal-oral" transmission. You can have the virus on your hand, and touch your hand to your mouth, or eat contaminated food. ...Read more

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Does the hepatitis a virus have to be ingested by mouth?

Does the hepatitis a virus have to be ingested by mouth?

Yes: The hepatitis a virus infects humans via the fecal-oral route. The already-infected person sheds the virus in their feces and the un-infected person must allow something contaminated by the already-infected person's feces to enter their mouth for infection to occur. ...Read more

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Hepatitis a virus (hav) IgG reactive is good or bad?

Hepatitis a virus (hav) IgG reactive is good or bad?

HAV IgG good or bad: If you have HAV igg it means that you have responded to HAV vaccine or have had infection with hepatitis a virus. If you are well, it means you are protected from getting HAV infection. If you are sick with a liver injury, it means that HAV could be the cause. ...Read more

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What does this hav result mean hav-igm is non reactive while hav -igg to hepatitis a virus is reactive?

Past exposure: The igg positive means you have either been infected or been vaccinated in the past and have developed an antibody. The igm negative means you are not actively infected right now. ...Read more

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I had hepatitis a over 12 years ago as an teenager, why are you not allowed to donate blood, when the virus is completyly out of your blood in a year?

I had hepatitis a over 12 years ago as an teenager, why are you not allowed to donate blood, when the virus is completyly out of your blood in a year?

Hepatitis and blood: The red cross disqualifies anyone who has had any hepatitis (a, b, c, d or e) or jaundice after the age of 11. Exceptions include non-viral causes of hepatitis or jaundice such as gilbert's disease. Presumably the reason is to cast a wide net over all cases of viral hepatitis to ensure not missing a case of non-a hepatitis. ...Read more

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My hepatitis a IgM antibody value has gone down, so that means the virus is going away?

My hepatitis a IgM antibody value has gone down, so that means the virus is going away?

Yes: Hepatitis a always goes away on its own; there is no chronic form. Therefore, it's not nessary to follow the antibody titer. What matters is whether your jaundice is resolving and you're feeling better. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


Dr. Anne Larson
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Hepatitis A (Definition)

It is a viral infection of your liver usually food born that will resolve over time with ...Read more