lunes, 4 de junio de 2018

Hepatitis A | Disease of the Week | CDC

Hepatitis A | Disease of the Week | CDC

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Hepatitis A

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Here’s a foodborne illness that may not be on your radar. Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Fortunately, infection with the Hepatitis A virus is not a lifelong infection like other forms of hepatitis, and there is a vaccine to prevent it. Also, new cases are less than 3,000 a year in the United States. Hepatitis A can spread when a person ingests food or water contaminated by human waste that contains the virus. Food can become contaminated at any point: growing, harvesting, processing, handling and even after cooking. The Hepatitis A virus is even hardy enough to survive in frozen foods. Many people get Hepatitis A while traveling to other countries. Regardless of where travelers eat or stay – even at high-end resorts – it is still possible to get infected with the hepatitis A virus. Before traveling, it is important to check to see what vaccines are recommend, including the Hepatitis A vaccine.

Key Facts

  • Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by the Hepatitis A virus.
  • The Hepatitis A virus is highly contagious.
  • People can spread Hepatitis A even if they do not look or feel sick. Many children and some adults have no symptoms.
  • There is a highly effective vaccine for Hepatitis A.
  • Travelers to regions where Hepatitis A is common should get vaccinated before their trip.

Prevention Tips

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, or before preparing food.
  • There is a vaccine to prevent Hepatitis A: two doses are needed.
  • Get vaccinated if you are traveling to a country where the disease is common.
  • Vaccination is recommended for all children at age 1 year.

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