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How does hepatitis A spread?

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The main way to get sick is from hepatitis A is consuming something that has the virus in it. At a restaurant, if an infected worker doesn't wash his hands after using the bathroom, then touches food, he could transmit it.

Food or drinks you buy at the store could cause the disease. The ones most likely are:

You could catch or spread it if you don't wash your hands after changing a baby’s diaper. Or you can get it when you have sex with someone who has it.

  • Fruits, vegetables
  • Shellfish
  • Ice, water

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: "HepC123."

CDC: "Hepatitis A FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis D Information for the Public," "Hepatitis E Information for the Public."

KidsHealth, The Nemours Foundation: "Infections: Hepatitis."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis B."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 27, 2019

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: "HepC123."

CDC: "Hepatitis A FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public," "Hepatitis D Information for the Public," "Hepatitis E Information for the Public."

KidsHealth, The Nemours Foundation: "Infections: Hepatitis."

World Health Organization: "Hepatitis B."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 27, 2019

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