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How is hepatitis A spread?

Page last updated 14 December 2021

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. NSW Government. Hepatitis A Fact Sheet. Available at: (accessed 16 November 2021).

5. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Hepatitis A. Available at: (accessed 16 November 2021).


MAT-AU-2102452   Date of preparation December 2021