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What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?

Page last updated 15 April 2020

Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2-7 weeks after contracting the infection, but usually appear around 4 weeks after contracting the infection and onwards. Although symptoms may take some time to appear, the infection can still be passed onto other people during this time.

Some people, especially young children, can have the infection without showing any signs or symptoms. A blood test is the most effective way to identify if you have contracted the virus.  

People who do have symptoms may have: 

  • fever 
  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • dark coloured urine 
  • clay (light) coloured stool (poo) 
  • jaundice - yellowing of the skin and eyes. 

 

Symptoms may continue for several weeks, but usually last for less than 2 months. In some people, symptoms can last up to 6 months.
 

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Sources & Citations

2. Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Hepatitis A. Available at: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/hepatitis-a (accessed 3 March 2020).

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).

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

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