Hepatitis A

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Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver caused by a virus. Anyone can get hepatitis A. Some people at high-risk include men who have sex with men, people who travel to countries where hepatitis A is common, and people who use street drugs (injected or non-injected). Hepatitis A is found in the stool of infected people. People become infected with hepatitis A by swallowing the virus. This can happen when infected people do not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom and then touch food that is eaten by someone else. Symptoms may include fever, feeling tired, poor appetite, dark yellow urine, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, yellow skin or eyes. There is no specific medication to treat hepatitis A and most people recover on their own. Hepatitis A can be prevented with a vaccine.

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Last Reviewed: 8/7/2017