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How is the hepatitis A virus spread?

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The hepatitis A virus, which is in the stool of infected people, spreads through:

  • Close personal contact -- such as household or sexual contact -- with an infected person
  • Contaminated water or ice
  • Contaminated raw shellfish, fruits, vegetables, or other uncooked foods

From: Hepatitis A Vaccine for Adults WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Hepatitis A for Adults."

National Network for Immunization Information: ''Hepatitis A.''

CDC: "Hepatitis A Vaccine: What You Need to Know" and ''Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary.''

Immunization Action Coalition: "Hepatitis A Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

SOURCES:

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Hepatitis A for Adults."

National Network for Immunization Information: ''Hepatitis A.''

CDC: "Hepatitis A Vaccine: What You Need to Know" and ''Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary.''

Immunization Action Coalition: "Hepatitis A Vaccine: Questions & Answers."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

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