Hepatitis A is a virus that causes an infection of the liver. The virus is passed in a person's stool. Anyone can get Hepatitis A if they haven’t had it before. Hepatitis A is usually spread from person to person by putting something in the mouth that has been contaminated with the stool of someone who has the virus (even though it might look clean).
People at greatest risk for getting Hepatitis A include:
The incidence of Hepatitis A in Nova Scotia has remained below one case per 100,000 population since 2000.
The symptoms include:
There is no known treatment for Hepatitis A. Most people recover from the illness within a few weeks. Some people take a few months to recover.
If you have come in contact with someone who has Hepatitis A or are in regular contact with someone who has the disease, immune globulin or vaccine may be recommended. You should talk to your doctor.