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My son has hepatitis a. What is it, in a nutshell?
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
5 doctors agree
In brief: A viral disease
Several viruses r known to cause inflammation of the liver (hepatitis).
They are named by the sequence in which they were discovered (i.e., a, b, c, etc.). Hepatitis a is usually transmitted from infected stool contaminating what you eat or drink. It is rarely extremely severe, recovery produces lasting immunity. There is a very effective vaccine available when in areas with poor hygiene.

In brief: A viral disease
Several viruses r known to cause inflammation of the liver (hepatitis).
They are named by the sequence in which they were discovered (i.e., a, b, c, etc.). Hepatitis a is usually transmitted from infected stool contaminating what you eat or drink. It is rarely extremely severe, recovery produces lasting immunity. There is a very effective vaccine available when in areas with poor hygiene.
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Food borne virus
Hepatitis a is a food borne illness due to fecal contamination of food.
It is a viral infection. It usually causes a self-limited inflammation of the liver with fever, and jaundice. Effective vaccine to prevent hepatitis a is available.

In brief: Food borne virus
Hepatitis a is a food borne illness due to fecal contamination of food.
It is a viral infection. It usually causes a self-limited inflammation of the liver with fever, and jaundice. Effective vaccine to prevent hepatitis a is available.
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