Help Stop the Spread of Hepatitis A

How Hepatitis A Is Spread. What You Can Do to Stop It
Posted on 04/29/2019

What is Hepatitis A? 

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by a virus. The virus is found in the feces (poop) of people with hep A. 

If a person has an infection with the hepatitis A virus, it can easily spread from person-to-person and cause liver disease lasting from a few weeks to months as a serious illness. In some cases, people can die because of hepatitis A. 

Who is at high risk?
The following groups are at the highest risk during this outbreak:
 Men who have sex with men.
 Persons who use injection or non-injection drugs.
 Persons currently homeless or in temporary housing.
 Persons who have been recently incarcerated.
 Persons with chronic liver disease (including hepatitis B, C, or cirrhosis).
 Persons who have been exposed to someone with hepatitis A virus infection (within two weeks of exposure) to prevent infection. This is called ‘post-exposure prophylaxis’ or ‘PEP’.

How do I prevent the spread of hepatitis A? 
Wash your hands carefully!
 After using the bathroom or toilet.
 After helping someone use the toilet.
 After changing a diaper.
 Before you touch or cook food.

Get vaccinated if you are at risk for getting hepatitis A!
The best protection is to get vaccinated; it is highly effective.

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