Hepatitis A: the essential thing to know

Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. You should know that there are different types of hepatitis.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. This is characterized by an elevation of liver enzymes (transaminases) in the blood.

The causes of this inflammation can be various and varied. Most often we think of infectious hepatitis, especially viral hepatitis, because it is the most common cause of hepatitis. These viral hepatitis are mainly hepatitis A, B, C.

Several types of viruses are responsible:

  • hepatitis A virus (HAV),
  • hepatitis B virus (HBV),
  • hepatitis C virus (HCV).

There are other less common viral hepatitis (D, E, F, G, EBV, CMV, Herpes, etc.)

Each of these viral hepatitis has a different mode of transmission, more or less spectacular manifestations, but especially an evolution of the particular disease. While some are frequently benign, others may become chronic and cause chronic liver damage.

Hepatitis A, unlike hepatitis B and C, does not cause chronic hepatitis and is very rarely fatal.

The hepatitis A virus contracts primarily by ingestion of water or food contaminated with feces from an infected subject. The disease is associated with lack of drinking water, poor sanitation and poor personal hygiene.

The symptoms of hepatitis A are variable and not very typical: fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, etc. And as in most all-cause hepatitis, hepatitis A can cause jaundice, in medical terms jaundice.

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