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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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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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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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What is the best and effective way to destroy HEPATITIS A VIRUS ??

What is the best and effective way to destroy HEPATITIS A VIRUS ??

Self-limited: Hepatitis A virus infection is usually self-limited, and treatment consists of supportive care. Medications that might cause liver damage or are metabolized by the liver should be used with caution. Full clinical and biochemical recovery is observed within three months in 85 percent of patients, and complete recovery is observed by six months in nearly all patients ...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

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How long can hepatitis C virus survive outside of the body?

How long can hepatitis C virus survive outside of the body?

Not very long: Viruses require other cells to live in. If excreted from the body the virus will die as the cells containing it die. If you are referring to blood, however, do not assume wet blood is non-infectious. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for the hepatitis a virus?

What is the treatment for the hepatitis a virus?

None: There's no treatment. You just wait for it to get better on its own. ...Read more

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How long can a hepatitis virus live outside a body?

How long can a hepatitis virus live outside a body?

Days: It is thought hepatitis b can survive about a week outside the body and hepatitis c 1-4 days. The viruses can live longer in wet/fluid environments. ...Read more

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Once my body contracts the hepatitis virus how long will it actually take to show the symptons?

Once my body contracts the hepatitis virus how long will it actually take to show the symptons?

Hepatitis B: The period between transmission of the hepatitis b virus and the beginning of symptoms of hepatitis b -- which is known as the "hepatitis b incubation period" -- lasts between 30 and 180 days. The length of this incubation period will depend on how many virus particles a person has been exposed to. Infection with very few particles causes a longer incubation period. ...Read more

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How long can the hepatitis b virus live outside the body?

How long can the hepatitis b virus live outside the body?

1 week or longer: Hepatitis b virus can survive in the environment for 1 week or longer but is inactivated by disinfectants including household bleach. ...Read more

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"Hepatitis b patients usually recover completely and are immune" - Does this mean the virus is no longer in the body? Pls explain "recover completely"

No guarantees: You can recover and still have the virus in your system. If so, exacerbations of HBV can occur. Tests are available to determine if the virus, its antigens and its antibodies are present. Most people, after recovery, will remain asymptomatic. But, a few will develop late complications, like chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver tumors. You need follow-up by your physician or a liver special ...Read more

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How long can hepatitis b virus last in one's body?

Can be lifetime : Most people clear HBV within several weeks but some never clear it especially if acquired neonatally. ...Read more

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