What you need to know about Hepatitis A

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In conjunction with World Hepatitis Day, we bring you some useful information about Hepatitis A . Find out more…

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World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is observed on the 28th of July every year and aims to raise awareness about hepatitis, as well as encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment1.

In keeping with the aim of WHD to create awareness about hepatitis, we thought it would be appropriate to bring you some information about Hepatitis A in particular, which affects both children and adults2.

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is most often caused by a viral infection that results in swelling and inflammation of the liver3. The 5 strains of Hepatitis are: A, B, C, D and E4.

Hepatitis A and E are usually caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis B, C and D usually occur as a result of contact with infected body fluids4.

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is the one of the oldest diseases known to humankind, and is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus2. The disease can be mild, but it can also be severe in some patients2.  A proportion of patients may even come down with sudden liver failure and even death2.

Here are some key facts about the disease:

  • There are around 1.4 million cases of diagnosed Hepatitis A every year, globally.
  • The Hepatitis A virus is abundantly found in faeces2.
  • Being very hardy, the Hepatitis A virus can survive in the environment for prolonged periods of time2.
  • Heat and detergent may not be sufficient to destroy the virus2.

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