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Viral Hepatitis A Overview

Another name for Viral Hepatitis A is Hepatitis A.

What is hepatitis A?
A person with hepatitis A has inflammation of the liver from an infection by the hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A virus may be spread through physical contact and contaminated food and water. About 140,000 Americans are infected with hepatitis A each year. About 99 percent of people recover in 6 months.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?
Initial symptoms of hepatitis A may include weakness, fatigue, fever, and right upper abdominal pain. Later, symptoms of hepatitis A may include jaundice and brown urine.

How does the doctor treat hepatitis A?
There is no cure for hepatitis A. The illness resolves on its own.

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Last Updated: Aug 19, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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