Hepatitis A Fact Sheet
Hepatitis A is an acute viral infection of the liver. It is found in feces and is acquired primarily by person-to person contact, including:
Hepatitis A is common with about 90,000 people in the United States developing symptoms from this disease every year. The only specific treatment is rest and proper diet. Most people recover completely within a few weeks.
Careful hand washing is important, particularly after changing diapers, using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food. Casual contact, as usually occurs in office, school, and recreational settings, does not spread the virus.
After a person is infected with Hepatitis A, symptoms may develop within 15-55 days, with an average of 25-30 days. People with this disease may experience the following: