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How is hepatitis A spread?

Page last updated 15 April 2020

Hepatitis A is mainly spread via the faecal-oral route, through contact with food, water, or objects contaminated with faeces (poo). Hepatitis A may also be spread by close personal contact (e.g. personal care).

If you have contracted hepatitis A you should avoid close contact with others. The infectious period usually starts two weeks before symptoms appear, and up to a week after jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) appears.

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Sources & Citations

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Viral Hepatitis. Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public. Available at:   https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm#overview(accessed 3 March 2020).

4. NSW Government. Hepatitis A Fact Sheet. Available at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Factsheets/hepatitis-a.pdf (accessed 3 March 2020).

5. World Health Organisation. Hepatitis A. Available at https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/hepatitis-a (accessed 3 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0142b - Date of preparation April 2020

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