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Who is at high risk for contracting hepatitis a?
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: Infected food
Hepatitis a is transmitted in via fecal-oral means.
In other words, it's not something you get from dirty needles, sexual partners, blood transfusions, etc, but rather from infected food because the people who handled it didn't wash their hands adequately. You can also catch hepatitis a from close contacts which is why proper hygiene is so important.

In brief: Infected food
Hepatitis a is transmitted in via fecal-oral means.
In other words, it's not something you get from dirty needles, sexual partners, blood transfusions, etc, but rather from infected food because the people who handled it didn't wash their hands adequately. You can also catch hepatitis a from close contacts which is why proper hygiene is so important.
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