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FAQ

Is hepatitis A contracted through food?

Page last updated 21 June 2018

Yes. Being exposed to hepatitis A through food or drink contaminated with faeces (poo) is the most common way to contract the virus. Good personal hygiene in general and when preparing food is a way to decrease the spread of the virus.

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Sources & Citations

  1. NSW Government, Department of Health, Hepatitis A Fact Sheet. Available at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Hepatitis_A.aspx (accessed 4 April 2018).
  2. Centers for Disease Control, Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm (accessed 4 April 2018).
  3. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, 4.10 Hepatitis A. Available at http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part4~handbook10-4-4 (accessed 4 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0142a - Date of preparation May 2018

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