Viral Hepatitis

Viral hepatitis is caused by a virus that affects the liver. In the United States, the most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

Transmission varies among the different types of viral hepatitis; however, symptoms are the same for all three types of hepatitis (A, B, and C). Not everyone will have symptoms when they are first infected, but symptoms of acute (newly acquired) hepatitis include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)

Hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections can lead to chronic hepatitis infections, in which case individuals will remain infected. Chronic hepatitis can lead to liver disease and liver cancer. Most people with hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections remain asymptomatic (no symptoms) until the infection progresses and causes complications of the liver.

For more information, please click on the links below:

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis C

Additional Resources:

Viral Hepatitis Resource Center - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Download this pdf file. Georgia Viral Hepatitis Epidemiologic Profile (2017)

Download this pdf file. Georgia Viral Hepatitis Resource Directory (2020)

Reporting Viral Hepatitis Cases to Public Health

DPH Viral Hepatitis ECHO

Download this pdf file. Serologic Testing Requirements for Pregnant Women (August 2022)
Quick reference flyer that outlines the serologic testing requirements for pregnant women in Georgia.  Developed by the Georgia Department of Public Health.


Contact Information:

Georgia Department of Public Health
Epidemiology Program - Viral Hepatitis
2 Peachtree Street NW, 14th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia  30303

Acute Disease Epidemiology Section: (404) 657-2588

Viral Hepatitis Fax:  (404) 657-2608

Page last updated 8/31/2022