Hepatitis A is an acute and contagious infection which is transmitted through fecal-oral contact, usually by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Anyone can get hepatitis A, but those at most risk are individuals that travel to countries where hepatitis A is common and those who have sexual contact with or are household contacts of an infected person. People infected with the hepatitis A virus (HAV) usually improve without treatment, although death from hepatitis A does occur. HAV is never a lifelong illness (chronic disease).
A vaccination is available to prevent hepatitis A.
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