So far there are 17 people in Jackson and DeKalb counties that have tested positive for hepatitis A, and health officials say that number could rise. Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver and symptoms make a person feel sick including symptoms of a loss of appetite, fever, […]
Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver and symptoms make a person feel sick including symptoms of a loss of appetite, fever, and nausea.
State health officials say people with the greatest risk of contracting the virus include drug users as well as homeless or transient people.
Officials say it’s rarely deadly but can spread easily among those who have not been vaccinated.
What Is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.
Symptoms can have a mild illness that lasts a few weeks. Others have more severe problems that can last months.
Infections occur from consuming food or drink that has been exposed to faeces from an infected person, who has the virus.
Infection can also occur when:
- Eating fruits, vegetables, or other foods that were contaminated during handling
- Raw shellfish harvested from water that’s got the virus in it
- Consuming contaminated ice
What Are the Symptoms of Hepatitis A?
- Jaundice (yellow eyes and skin, dark urine)
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue or lethargy
Who are at most risk?
- Live with or have sex with someone who’s infected
- Travel to countries where hepatitis A
- Men who have sex with men
- People who inject illegal drugs
- Kids in child care and their teachers