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How Hepatitis A affects the human liver?

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Hepatitis A is a viral infection that affects the human liver. It is not generally life threatening. It has been commonly known as infectious hepatitis in years past, but that term is used less often today.

The overall case-fatality rate among hepatitis A patients is about one-third of one percent. The rate is significantly higher however, in persons over 50 years old (1.8 percent). Its very common in India.

Hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus.

Its can affect anyone. It can be spread individually or in epidemic-sized outbreaks,

It is very contagious. It is transmitted through contaminated food or water, by contact with fecal material that finds its way into the digestive system, or through household contact with the hepatitis A virus.

It is most common in Central & South America, Africa, South Asia.

A hepatitis A infection may be mild, in which case it will last a week or two. It can also manifest in a severe, disabling form that lasts several months.

If you have hepatitis A once, you develop an immunity and you cannot get it again.

You can generally avoid getting hepatitis A through good personal hygiene and living in a clean, sanitary environment.

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