May is Hepatitis Awareness Month!
Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and many do not know they are infected.
The word “hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver.
Hepatitis is most often caused by one of several viruses, which is why it is often called viral hepatitis.
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Hepatitis A is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts — from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces or stool of an infected person.
The best way to prevent Hepatitis A is by getting vaccinated.