The state of Michigan has released a report of quick-hitters detailing a serious disease: Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a vaccine preventable liver disease caused by a virus, which causes health issues ranging from weeks of discomfort to premature death. The document concerns the spread and symptoms of Hep. A, as well as at-risk groups and treatment of the highly contagious disease.
Hepatitis A can be contracted from unwashed hands, sexual contact, consuming food or drink, and many other actions. It is spread through oral contact with infected fecal particles. Unfortunately, the disease does not always show symptoms, but if present, they appear 15-50 days after infection and can include fever, nausea, vomiting, listlessness, stomach pain, dark urine, gray stool, joint pain, and jaundice. Those at the highest risk for this painful disease include injection drug users, those who live with or have close contact with infected individuals, those with chronic liver diseases, food handlers, and more.Washing your hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, or before making food and drinks can help stop the spread of hepatitis A. Click To Tweet
Luckily, in many cases Hepatitis A can often be treated with rest, good nutrition, and fluids. More severe cases may need to be hospitalized, however, so do not hesitate to contact our medical care provider if you suspect you have contracted the disease. Most people who suffer through a Hepatitis A infection do not sustain permanent liver damage.
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