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Hepatitis A Virus: Wreaking Havoc for Public Health

Posted by Holly Montejano, MS, CIC, CPHQ on Nov 28, 2017 10:30:00 AM


Hepatitis A virus  is not for the faint of heart!  This highly contagious and vaccine-preventable virus attacks the liver, with symptoms including fever, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), stomach pain, lack of appetite and nausea, and for otherwise healthy individuals, reaching the road to recovery could take several weeks (1).  Young children often have no symptoms of the illness.  However, for those with underlying liver issues this illness can lead to liver failure and even death (1).

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