Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter—even in small amounts—from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person. Hepatitis A also can spread from close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sex.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, clay-colored stools and jaundice. Most people who get Hepatitis A feel sick for several months, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. Sometimes Hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death, although this is rare and occurs more commonly in people older than 50 and people with other liver diseases.
Who is at risk
men who have sex with men
people who use street drugs, whether they are injected or not
people with blood clotting factor disorders
people with chronic liver disease
household members and other close contacts of adopted children newly arrived from countries where Hepatitis A is common.
those with direct contact with individuals infected with the virus
travelers to countries where the virus is prevalent